Hundreds of Cyclists Saddle up for the Annual Pfizer Cycle for Chernobyl
Friday 18th June, 2010: The 8th Annual Pfizer Cycle for Chernobyl kicked off this morning from Cork’s City Hall. 330 amateur cyclists will make their way to Galway from Cork over the next two days in an effort to raise funds for the Chernobyl Children’s Project International (CCPI). 30 children from Chernobyl, along with Adi Roche, CEO of CCPI and Cork Lord Mayor, Dara Murphy, were there to see the cyclists on their way.
The Pfizer Cycle for Chernobyl has funded numerous projects in the areas of Belarus that were affected by the nuclear fallout caused by the Chernobyl disaster in 1986. The fundraiser has enabled the building of day care centres in the Belarussian towns of Zhitkovitchi and Petrikov. It has also facilitated the purchase of three medical vehicles which are used in the Day Care Centres and other medical facilities in Belarus. The goal for the 2010 cycle is to finance the renovation of an adult mental institution in a town called Soltonovka in Eastern Belarus. There are plans to build therapeutic workshops (woodwork and sewing rooms, gymnasium and changing facilities, etc) and outdoor recreational facilities to improve the lives of people living in the town. The estimated cost of this renovation is €300,000 which will be funded completely by the proceeds generated from the cycling event.
Adi Roche, CEO of Chernobyl Children’s Project International (CCPI), said; “The Pfizer Chernobyl Charity Cycle is now our biggest single source of fundraising. The recession has had a serious effect on charities with fewer funds being donated, but it is initiatives like this cycle, and the generosity of the people who participate, that keep us afloat. The support of the Pfizer Chernobyl Cycle over the past eight years has been invaluable and provides us with the resources needed to make a real difference.”
Tara Delaney, Director of External Affairs and Communications, Pfizer Ireland, who is participating in the cycle said; “Pfizer is extremely proud to be involved in the Pfizer Cycle for Chernobyl and it’s wonderful to look back at what has been achieved to date. This has been a tough year for everyone but we’re glad that the spirit of volunteerism has continued and that people are so enthusiastic about backing and participating in such a worthy cause.”
The 330 cyclists will make their way from Cork passing through Mallow and Charleville then staying the night in Limerick. They’ll set off the next day stopping at Ennis and Gort before arriving at Eyre Square in Galway on Saturday evening. To date the Pfizer Cycle for Chernobyl has generated in the region of. €615,000.
Published: 13th July 2010.