Coun­cil­lor takes on Italy cy­cle chal­lenge for char­ity

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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

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