All geared up for this activity is Carl Fivey, a keen cyclist from the county, who is calling on cycle fans to join him on his challenging 60 miles’ trip around Lough Erne on Sunday, June 22 for his local heart charity.
Carl is raising money for BHF Northern Ireland to save lives today - with the defibrillator they funded on Boa Island, and to save lives tomorrow - with their pioneering medical research. He chose cycling as the most appropriate form of fundraising because it reminds him of his father.
“Cycling was a great love of my dad’s and we spent many happy hours regularly riding around Lough Erne and the surrounding area,” explained Carl.
He adds: “For me, this ride will be in my dad’s memory. It is also a great opportunity to raise money and for all to enjoy the scenery and tranquillity along the route.”
This is the second year that Carl will be undertaking the cycle and he hopes that better weather and post Giro d’Italia cycle fever will encourage more people to take part in fundraising or to donate.
“We raised over £500 pounds with a fantastic support network last year,” reported Carl, who added that “hopefully with some better weather we can attract a larger participant base and we hope to raise even more money this year.”
BHF Northern Ireland’s Fundraising Volunteer Manager, Gary Wilson says they are ‘absolutely delighted’ that Carl has organised this event for them.
“If other cyclists think that they are up to the challenge of this bike ride, we encourage them to sign up and help support this worthy cause,” mentioned Gary.
To join, cyclists must be able to ride 60 miles and those under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult. The entry fee is £25 and participants will be provided with a goodie bag and refreshments at the end. To register, Carl can be contacted by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org .