Rotary Club launches ‘Cycle for SID’

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Portlaoise Rotary Club have launched their Charity Cycle for 2013, which is in aid of Laois Sport’s Partnership ‘Sports Inclusion Disability’ (SID) programme.

Portlaoise Rotary Club have launched their Charity Cycle for 2013, which is in aid of Laois Sport’s Partnership ‘Sports Inclusion Disability’ (SID) programme.

The cycle will cover 750km in seven days, starting in the picturesque French city of La Rochelle and ending back in Portlaoise.

All monies raised will go towards maintaining Laois Sports Partnership’s SID programme, which provides sports and physical activities for people with disabilities in the county.

The call is now going out to anyone with an interest in taking part this year to contact Laois Sports Partnership for an information pack and registration form.

A full training schedule will be provided on registration, and regular training sessions will be scheduled over the summer to allow all of those taking part to get to know one another before embarking on the trip.

The Laois Sports Partnership became the first Sports Partnership in the country to pilot a Sports Inclusion Disability Programme back in 2005, and it proved to be such a success it was rolled out around the rest of the country.

Garrett Culliton, Laois’ own four-time Paralympian, currently works as the SIDO in the county, and through his work over 400 people with disabilites in Laois are benefitting directly from the programme each year.

Unfortunately, due to funding cutbacks, the Sports Partnership needs to raise €25,000 annually to maintain the programme, which provides tandem cycling, wheelchair basketball, soccer, athletics and children’s activity camps, as well as a number of other events every year.

The route of the cycle will see the participants start in La Rochelle, on the Atlantic Coast in western France, and work their way up the coastline before stopping in cities such as Nantes and Rennes on the way to Cherbourg.

Following a ferry trip from Cherbourg to Rosslare, the cyclists will travel to Tullow for an overnight stop before arriving back to Portlaoise.

For more information, or to obtain a registration form and information pack, contact the Laois Sports Partnership on 05786-71248 or visit www.laoissports.ie.