A group of 20 cyclists from Portadown and Armagh are gearing up for a four-day, 300-mile cycle in the hills of northern Italy.
The goal for the people getting on their bikes is to raise £50,000 for the NI Cancer Fund for Children and The Children’s Cancer Unit Charity.
Since Graeme’s passing cancer treatments have advanced and there are many more positive outcomes for the childrenKaren Brown
A number of the cyclists have had family members or friends affected by cancer - and this has inspired them to raise funds and awareness of the support services that the caring charities offer.
Randal McAllister recently suffered the tragic loss of his much-loved, 16-year-old daughter Anna, and he, along with colleagues from the Cross Group in Armagh, will be among those taking part in the marathon event.
Also on the team will be members of the popular Portadown Cycling Club, including husband and wife Daphne and Ivor Greer.
The couple were recently presented with a cheque for £700 by Dane and Jordyn Busby of JD Tipler’s Bar and Restaurant, who ran a number of raffles for the charity cycle.
Ivor also volunteered his time in the bar and at Millwood Crafts in return for a donation.
Also getting on their bikes are John Irwin of Irwin Electrical and colleagues, as well as John McNally of Sally McNally’s Pub, his nephew and staff.
With just weeks to go until the energy-sapping challenge, the group has been putting in plenty of practice as well as fundraising. They have thanked the management,staff and customers of JD Tipler’s for their donations.
Karen Brown, of the Armagh Support Group of the NI Cancer Fund for Children, lost her brother Graeme Bodel aged 15 in 1994.
Since then, she her mother Celia and Doris Hamilton have worked tirelessly as volunteers for the charity.
She said, “Since Graeme’s passing cancer treatments have advanced and there are many more positive outcomes for the children.”
Anyone wanting to find out more can contact them through their Facebook page www.facebook.com/armaghsupportgroup or phone Karen on 07793 160619.
For more information on the event and how to make a donation check out on Facebook The ‘Italian Job’ Charity Cycle or contact the event organiser James Scott on 07720 537909.