Tuesday, 17th July 2018
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Wheels in motion for annual charity cycle

Tour de Munster, the popular four day charity cycle, was officially launched by cycling legend Sean Kelly at DSI Cork's Field of Dreams on June 26th. The cycle, which takes place from Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th of August will see over 100 amateur cyclists cycle over 600km around the six counties of Munster, raising funds for the Munster branches of Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI) and a number of other individual beneficiaries.

The launch event was attended by over 200 invited guests, including members from the various Munster branches of DSI and families supported by the charity, tour sponsors, celebrity guests, and many of the cyclists taking part this year.

The 2017 cycle raised a staggering €294,637.65, resulting in over €2.1 million raised for DSI alone. Since its inception in 2001, Tour de Munster has raised over €2.5 million for its beneficiaries. Over the partnership's history, Tour de Munster has developed close ties and formed lasting friendships with DSI, with many of the charity's parents and friends participating in the cycle year after year. The aim this year is to raise a further €250,000 for DSI. 2018 is the 9th successive year that the national charity has been the main beneficiary of the cycle.

Funds raised have made a tremendous difference to the lives of people with Down Syndrome in Munster, as well as their friends and families, by providing vital services and facilities in each county. The goal of DSI is to enable children born with Down syndrome to be as independent as possible, and through the great work of the Tour de Munster cyclists and supporters, DSI can access the funding needed to help more young people with Down Syndrome develop and flourish in practical ways.

A new addition in 2017 saw cyclists having the option to select their own beneficiary and raise funds and awareness for it, and this will continue to be an option for this year's Tour. Fundraising can include personal sponsorship, but also commercial sponsorship whereby a sponsor logo placement will accompany a donation attracted by that participant.

Speaking at the launch Sean said, "Tour de Munster is such a fantastic event and I am delighted to once again be associated with it. Meeting the individuals this evening who benefit from the funds raised really drives you."

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