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Get on your bike to help children needing surgery


The Laurels Cycle Crew hopes to raise €1m for CMRF Crumlin

The Laurels Cycle Crew hopes to raise €1m for CMRF Crumlin

The Laurels Cycle Crew hopes to raise €1m for CMRF Crumlin

A group that has helped more than 100 children with spinal conditions is calling on cyclists to bike their way from Galway to Dublin.

The Laurels Cycle Crew Galway2Dublin Charity Cycle will take place on the weekend of April 5-7.

The group is hoping to raise €1m for the Straight Ahead charity with CMRF Crumlin.

The charity arranges surgeons to perform pro-bono operations on children with spinal conditions.

The Laurels pub cycling group, established in 2009 by bar manager Damien Long and barman Denis McCarthy, was inspired to set up the event following the successful spinal op on the child of a Clondalkin resident by Straight Ahead.

The group said the charity is a vital support in getting child patients off the waiting list.


A spokesman said: "The children would otherwise face long waits for surgery and the likelihood of more severe spinal curvature, known as scoliosis.

"A group of surgeons and medical and nursing staff give their talent and time free to provide life-changing operations for children with severe spinal conditions.

"The Laurels Charity Crew has already raised approximately €940k for Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin, and is its single biggest non-corporate donor."

The Laurels hosts the Galway to Dublin event and a Christmas Santa Cycle from Phoenix Park to Clondalkin Village, as well as a Santa Cycle in Cork city.

The charity is also making a donation of €1,000 to Sonas, a Cork school educating autistic children.

To make a donation, go to straightaheadireland.ie. To buy tickets for the cycle, log on to eventbrite.ie/e/laurels-cycle-crew-galway2dublin-2019-tickets-54495553668.