Jo­hann set for mam­moth cy­cle

Fingal Independent - - FRONT PAGE - John MAN­NING

A Bal­brig­gan man and seven of his col­leagues from Bew­ley’s are head­ing off on a mam­moth cy­cle around Ire­land to mark Ire­land’s Big­gest Cof­fee Morn­ing for the Ir­ish Hos­pice Foun­da­tion.

Along the 600km route, Jo­hann Davis and his col­leagues will visit seven hos­pices around the coun­try and hand them each a cheque for €1,000.

The in­trepid cy­clists will start their jour­ney by train from Dublin to Tralee where they of­fi­cial start of their mam­moth cy­cle takes place.

Tralee Hos­pice will the first to ben­e­fit from the epic cy­cle be­fore the cy­clists head off on the first leg of the trip to Lim­er­ick. On day two, the cy­clists will go from Lim­er­ick to Clare and then onto Gal­way and on the fi­nal day, they leave Gal­way for Tul­lam­ore and visit two hos­pices in Dublin at the end of the trip, in Harold’s Cross and Raheny.

Jo­hann said this is the third time he has been in­volved in the event and said he is happy to help out the hos­pice move­ment in any way he can.

‘I think ev­ery­one has been touched by the work of the hos­pice, I had an aunt that that they helped a lot and my mother has had friends who have been helped by the hos­pice,’ Jo­hann said.

The Bal­brig­gan man, who in­ci­den­tally was born in 1974 and was named af­ter Jo­hann Cruyff by his soc­cer-mad dad, said he loves vis­it­ing hos­pices along the way. the ‘We al­ways get a tour and it’s great to meet all the vol­un­teers - they are bril­liant. There are even hair­dressers and gar­den­ers giv­ing up their own time to help - it’s all these lit­tle things that peo­ple don’t think of that re­ally make a dif­fer­ence.’

Jo­hann and his col­leagues had to do some fundrais­ing prior to the trip and to that end, and as a keen marathon and dis­tance run­ner with Bal­brig­gan Road­run­ner, he held a 5k race in Bal­brig­gan.

There was a bril­liant at­mos­phere and high spir­its as al­ways with Bal­brig­gan road­run­ners it was a 5km a fun run/walk in which over 60 par­tic­i­pated and raised €460 - Nathan Har­ford was the first one home.

Ire­lands Big­gest Cof­fee morn­ing is on Thurs­day, Septem­ber 14 - text COF­FEE to 50300 to do­nate €4.

Above: Gemma Harper , Richard Davis , Jo­hann Davis, Cian Davis and front row Lily Harper and left Nathan Har­ford & Jo­hann Davis

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