Jumbo Run gives chil­dren a fan­tas­tic day out

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Áilín Quin­lan

A horde of bik­ers ar­rived in Clon­akilty from all over the coun­try to join in a colour­ful Jumbo Run and give around 25 chil­dren a truly won­der­ful day out.

In all, about 60 peo­ple, in­clud­ing 25 chil­dren of all ages with spe­cial needs and com­plex needs and their par­ents, en­joyed the event which was car­ried out in con­junc­tion with the char­ity CoAc­tion, which pro­vides services to chil­dren and adults with an in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­ity and autism in the West Cork area.

Around 25 bik­ers on trikes, mo­tor­bikes and side­cars par­tic­i­pated in the pop­u­lar event on Sat­ur­day, Septem­ber 22.

“The chil­dren could not wait to get on the mo­tor­bikes with the side­cars, they were re­ally ex­cited,” said Pat Mulc­ahy of the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee.

“They re­ally had a ball. It was a fan­tas­tic day out,” he said, of the third an­nual Jumbo Run, which be­gan at the Qual­ity Ho­tel in Clon­akilty and trav­elled through Ti­moleague and Court­mac­sh­erry, be­fore en­joy­ing a party at the Se­cret Gar­dens En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre in Kilbrit­tain, fol­lowed by a disco.

Months of or­gan­i­sa­tion and prepa­ra­tion went into mak­ing the Jumbo Run a suc­cess, with some bik­ers trav­el­ling long dis­tances to pro­vide trans­port to chil­dren.

“We were de­lighted to see that the kids loved it. They love the bikes and even though we didn’t have great weather on the day, they re­ally en­joyed them­selves,” said Mr Mulc­ahy. He be­lieves the Jumbo Run is some­thing that would be an an­nual event for the fore­see­able fu­ture: “It will get big­ger and big­ger,” he said, adding that a lot of fam­i­lies came from not just the Clon­akilty area but from around the whole Cork re­gion.

“They tell us they are hear­ing about it and so it is get­ting big­ger and big­ger and I can see it be­com­ing a very big an­nual event for fam­i­lies.”

The third an­nual Jumbo Run, fea­tur­ing bik­ers with trikes and side­cars, trans­ported chil­dren with spe­cial needs and com­plex needs on a day out around parts of West Cork.

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