Kevin is set to break pain bar­rier to sup­port char­ity ap­peal

Fingal Independent - - NEWS -

A PORT­MARNOCK man is set to push through the pain bar­rier to raise much-needed cash for a very wor­thy cause.

Kevin Finn is busy pre­par­ing for the chal­lenge of cy­cling 1,500km down the west coast of France in just over a week to help raise money for Our Lady of Lour­des Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal in Crum­lin.

All the money raised will go to­wards the pur­chase of a Xl­tek Protek­tor 32 IOM which is used on young pa­tients un­der­go­ing spinal and neu­ro­surgery pro­ce­dures.

Kevin will set off on his mam­moth fundraiser on Wed­nes­day, May 31. The first leg of his jour­ney will see him cy­cle from Dublin to Ross­lare Har­bour.

Af­ter trav­el­ling overnight on the ferry to Roscoff, he will then cy­cle along the west coast of France to Biar­ritz.

‘I am do­ing this un­aided and will be cy­cling with a work col­league. We will be av­er­ag­ing about 150KM per day,’ Kevin ex­plained.

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‘Ev­ery cent of the money do­nated will go to­wards the pur­chase of Xl­tek Protek­tor 32 IOM. I am fund­ing the travel and ac­com­mo­da­tion ex­penses from my own pocket,’ he ex­plained.

Kevin, who is the men’s cap­tain at Port­marnock Ten­nis Club, was in­spired to un­der­take the chal­lenge by his friend’s Mark and Sinead O’’Don­nell, who have raised thou­sands of euro for the hos­pi­tal in mem­ory of their son Jack, who died some years ago.

The O’Don­nell’s es­tab­lished the ‘ Mak­ing a Dif­fer­ence Cam­paign’ in mem­ory of Jack, who spent a short time in the hos­pi­tal in 2009. As well as a ma­jor cy­cling event ev­ery year, the O’Don­nell’s also hold a hugely pop­u­lar ta­ble quiz in the White Sands Ho­tel in Port­marnock. This year’s event is tak­ing place on June 1st at 8pm.

Port­marnock man Kevin Finn.

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