‘Dara gives back - Pedal for the POONS’, a 12 hour indoor cycle challenge in aid of the Mercy Hospital Foundation, will take place in Ballincollig GAA Club on Saturday, 22nd April.
With the support of friends and family, the fundraiser is being organised by Coeurena and Noel Kelleher, who’s son, Dara was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia TCell in January 2020, weeks before his third birthday. In the three and a half years that has followed, Dara has received intensive treatment from the Mercy University Hospital, Cork, including approximately 120 overnight hospital admissions. This treatment, including access to POONS (Paediatric Oncology Outreach Nursing Service), has ensured the ongoing successful treatment of Dara.
‘Dara gives back - Pedal for the POONS’ on April 22nd, which has already raised over €37,000, and is aiming to surpass the €50,000 mark, will see Dara’s dad Noel, together with Mike McGrath, Danny Dwyer and Pearse O’Malley, take on the grueling 12 hour cycle from 5am-5pm, and collectively between them, complete over 1,250kms. Throughout the day, over 30 other cyclists will join them to do relays and lend their support. An under age blitz for girls and boys from 8 to 13 years will also take place at the club on the day; with lots more exciting additions to the event to be announced.
To donate simply visit https://www.idonate.ie/fundraiser/daragivesback, or go along to Ballincollig GAA Club on Saturday, 22nd April.