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Peace-building charity appeal for volunteers for 350-mile bike ride in US

Terry O'Neill (far right), pictured with a team of Co-operation Ireland cyclists on a previous charity bike ride
Marie Louise McConville

A PEACE-building charity has appealed for volunteers to take in a 350-mile bike ride in the US to raise funds for young people to take part in cross-community and cross-border projects.

Co-operation Ireland is looking for both seasoned amateur cyclists or just those seeking a challenge to take part in the Boston - New York City cycle.

In May 2019, around 40 charity bike riders from across Ireland will set off from Boston to tackle the coastal route to New York.

The Irish riders will be joined by 40 Americans to jointly complete the challenge in celebration of the fortieth birthday of Co-operation Ireland.

One of the highlights will see the riders joining with 32,000 fellow bikers who will be taking part in the annual Five Boro Bike Tour, crossing the finish line on the closed roads of Manhattan.

The overall Boston to NYC challenge will take five days and follow a route through Massachusetts, Providence, Rhode Island to finish in New York.

Funds raised will help support Co-operation Ireland's peace-building work, bringing together thousands of young people on a cross-community and cross-border basis so that they can meet, create new friendships and learn to accept and respect each other's diverse cultures and traditions.

Terry O'Neill, from Co-operation Ireland, said there was a "great history of people supporting our charity's work through a whole range of sporting challenges, especially marathons and bike rides.

"As it's our fortieth birthday in the Spring of 2019, we decided to go for a big challenge and hence the incredible appeal of Boston and New York. With the help of our supporters in New York, we hope to recruit 80 riders in total and raise £100,000 for the programmes for our young people.

"This has really captured the public's imagination and we can't wait to get going on the 350-mile ride.”

Anyone interested in taking part in the challenge can contact www.cooperationireland.org/fundraising/sporting-and-fun-challenges/bike-boston-to-nyc/ or call Winnie Orr on 028 9089 1004.

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