A Pink Welcome!
The May Bank Holiday Weekend is fast approaching and that means one thing! It’s time to pull out all things pink and get your house, your street, your business, your town and yourself ready for the annual Mayo Pink Ribbon Charity Cycle which this year will take place on Saturday April 30th.
The hope for that weekend is that the community will “Turn Mayo Pink” once again in recognition of all those cycling for breast cancer research and also in solidarity with all those who have been affected by breast cancer. Last year Mayo outdid itself in the pink effort and everyone was talking about the welcome it created. The pink bikes adorning the streets of our towns coupled with the pink windows and ribbons created a very special atmosphere in the county.
The Transition Year Effect!
Every year Mayo Pink Ribbon work with Transition Year students in schools all around the county creating awareness of the work of the group and the importance of breast cancer research. They also involve the young people by teaching them how to make ribbon rosettes which will then be used around the county on the May Bank Holiday weekend. Over the past few weeks the event organisers have been busy with these visits. A huge thank you goes to the students and teachers of Davitt College Castlebar, Gortnor Abbey Crossmolina, Jesus and Mary Secondary School Swinford, Mt. St. Michael Claremorris, Sacred Heart School Westport, St Joseph’s Secondary School Castlebar, St Joseph’s Secondary School Foxford and St Mary’s Secondary School Ballina who between them have made hundreds of pink rosettes.
Cycling legend Sean Kelly to lead Mayo Pink Ribbon Charity Cycle
Ireland’s best known cycling superstar Sean Kelly together with An Taoiseach Enda Kenny will lead the Mayo Pink Ribbon Charity Cycle this year. Sean had this to say: “To be able to enjoy riding your bike whilst also raising much needed funds for Breast Cancer Research is a win win for everybody. I look forward to meeting as many of you there as possible and hope that your training is going well as we now approach the final few weeks before the event”
The event is a leisure cycle, not a race, so there is no pressure on participants, just the pleasure of taking part and the sheer exhilaration of finishing. There are three routes beginning and ending at An Sportlann, in Castlebar and each route brings cyclists through some of our most beautiful scenery showcasing the best that Mayo has to offer.