Stars come out to drive Red Cross with pedal power


The Corkman - - NEWS - MARIA HERLIHY

THE wheels will be spin­ning but the Lim­er­ick All Ire­land win­ning goalie, Nickie Quaid won’t be go­ing too far, as he is one of many par­tic­i­pants who are tak­ing part in a spinathon this Satur­day which is all in aid of the Mallow Charleville Red Cross.

On Satur­day, Nickie will be jump­ing on his bike which will be one of many all kindly given by Xtreme CSC Gym in Mallow who will also have their in­struc­tors at hand for all the star par­tic­i­pants who will take part on the day. In ad­di­tion to Nickie, there’s Tadgh Caroll, who ranks eight in hand­ball rat­ings in the coun­try, then there is the All Star win­ner Ai­dan Walsh of Kan­turk who will also take a 30 minute slot.

Also into the bar­gain is Shane Sim­cox, who is no stranger to speed as he is the coach with Mallow AC. Body fit­ness ath­lete Karen Shee­han, who is also on the Ir­ish RIBBF body build­ing team and will rep­re­sent Ire­land in the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship next year, will also take a 30 minute slot.

The vol­un­teers at Mallow Charleville Red Cross are also de­lighted that Heather O’Brien, who played in­ter­na­tional rugby for eight sea­sons along with two world cups, will also join in and take part in one of the 30 minute slots.

Fine Gael coun­cil­lor John Paul O’Shea will also don a pair of shorts and take part as will Fianna Fail coun­cil­lor Gearoid Mur­phy.

Other lo­cal par­tic­i­pants who are hop­ping on the sad­dle to sup­port the fund-raiser in­clude Donough Bar­rrow, the cre­ator of Mallow Tri Club, and Wayne O’Donnell, who took part in Op­er­a­tion Trans­for­ma­tion.

Tal­ented foot­baller, Matty Tay­lor will also take a 30 minute slot as will teacher and per­sonal trainer Ais­ling Daly.

Mary Carey, has been a mem­ber of Mallow Charleville Red Cross since she was 10 years old. Her brother, Davie O’Sul­li­van, “roped” her in and she has been a vol­un­teer ever since. With a smile, she said that was more than two decades ago now.

“The role of the lo­cal branch of the Red Cross is to help peo­ple and that is what we do. We are vol­un­teers who don’t re­ceive any Gov­ern­ment fund­ing. This is our big an­nual fund-raiser again this year and we re­ally hope that the com­mu­nity turn out and sup­port this spinathon,” said Mary.

There will also be a raf­fle of a Mun­ster signed jer­sey, which was or­gan­ised by Tommy O’Donnell’s aunt, Nora, who works at St Joseph’s Foun­da­tion. When asked how did the vol­un­teers of the Red Cross man­age to get so many peo­ple in­volved in the spinathon, she said there were plenty of phone calls made.

With a laugh, she said the idea of the spinathon came to her when she was, iron­i­cally, spin­ning her­self. “I go spin­ning and I was think­ing of how we could do our an­nual fund-raiser this year and I thought about the spinathon as I felt it would get a lot of peo­ple in­volved and it would also be great fun,” she said.

Any­one look­ing for a shot of in­spi­ra­tion will get it from the band ‘Al­most Thin Lizzy’ who will rock those ped­dlers from 1-1.30pm this Satur­day.

‘Al­most Thin Lizzy’ con­sists of Mike Boyle, Jonathan Mad­den, Davy Bros­nan, and Chuck Crow­ley, who are no strangers in help­ing and sup­port­ing so many lo­cal char­i­ties them­selves.

She said the vol­un­teers would love to see about €2,000 be­ing raised as it would greatly help to main­tain their ve­hi­cles and keep them on the road for their vol­un­teer work.

Fit­ness in­struc­tors Dar­ren, Adrian and Dan from Xtreme Gym in Mallow will be present on the day and any vol­un­teer who is up for 30 min­utes of an ex­treme work out will gladly get it from the tal­ented bunch of train­ers.

The spin­ning will kick off at 10am at Mar­ket Square in Mallow and will end at 4pm. It is hoped that be­tween the star par­tic­i­pants who have very kindly of­fered up their ser­vices that plenty more will also opt to hop on the sad­dle to raise funds.

“Any­thing we raise will be a bonus and what all the vol­un­teers hope is that as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble turn out on Satur­day for the fund-raiser. There prom­ises to be a great at­mos­phere and plenty of ban­ter on the day,” she said.

Lim­er­ick’s Nickie Quaid will jump on a bi­cy­cle on Satur­day morn­ing at Mar­ket Square to sup­port the Mallow Charleville branch of the Red Cross. Up to 94 par­tic­i­pants are ex­pected to help fundraise for the spinathon which will take place from 10am un­til 4pm.

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