Councillor takes on Italy cycle challenge for charity
ALEADING Southport politician will take on a gruelling 400km charity cycle ride in Italy.
Cllr Sue McGuire, who represents Cambridge Ward and stood as the Lib Dem candidate in this year’s General Election, will ride from Pisa to Tuscany later this month.
She is taking on the epic challenge alongside husband Aidan and his sister, Aine McGuire, to raise funds for the Co-Operation Ireland charity.
Although not well known in England, the charity carries out vital work in running programmes to maintain relations between divided communities in Northern Ireland.
The trio will take on the week-long challenge starting on October 14 and, as they have funded the trip themselves, 100% of donations will go to the cause.
Explaining the choice of charity, Sue said: “Its not particularly well known in Southport, but it’s a charity that is close to our hearts.
“It runs a number of programes designed to help sustain positive relations between divided communities in Northern Ireland.
“The charity also builds trust and respect between NI and the Republic of Ireland – something that we should never take for granted and something which will become more important, given the challenges posed by Brexit.
“The Co-Operation Ireland charity seeks to build peace between opposing communities in Ireland to seek to heal the divisions that were caused by what was called ‘The Troubles’.
“My husband and sisterin-law grew up in Ulster in this time and were impacted by its root causes, so we are keen to support this specific charity as it seeks to break down walls and end sectarian division.”
Speaking of the challenge itself, Sue admits it is going to be a tough battle to complete the journey.
“I have been training, but I know I haven’t done enough and that it really will be a challenge.
“I don’t expect to be billy-whizzing up and down the Tuscany hills, and I will undoubtedly be the last rider home, but I’m looking forward to taking part and supporting this important charity.
“It’s also worth noting I can only take part as a result of a very successful knee replacement in 2015 - prior to the operation, I would have struggled to cycle 5km, let alone 400!”
To find out about the cause, visit cooperationireland.org, and, to donate, head to https:// www.justgiving.com/fund raising/sue-mcguire1
Aidan, Aine and Sue McGuire – aiming to cycle from Pisa to Tuscany, in aid of the Operation Ireland charity