Over 100 of the Satff & Management of Bam Contractors took part in a 248km Cycle Challenge from their office in Little Island , Cork , to their office in Kill , Co Kildare on 27th & 28th June and raised a staggering €40,000 for our Association in the process.
The event was launched in their Little Island office on the morning of the 27th June by Theo Cullinane (C.E.O. of Bam Contractors) , with the assistance of Martin Rogers ( Board Director , Royal Bam Bv) and very special guests Ronan O’Gara and Jimmy Barry Murphy.
The cyclists then headed on their way for the first leg of of the journey , 148km to Kilkenny.
First stop was Lismore Co. Waterford after 50km and then after a short re-fueling break they took on the grueling 12km ascent of the Vee mountain – completed successfully by all , it was then on to Clonmel and after another short break , on to Kilkenny to finish the first leg of the 2 day Challenge.
Day 2 , the original party of cyclists were joined by some new recruits as the 100km trip from Kilkenny to Kill got underway and more joined in Castledermot and again in Naas to boost the final number to over 100 participants.
Finally the full entourage of cyclists rolled down the hill into the Bam office compound in Kill on Friday afternoon to a rousing reception from Bam staff , families & friends of the participants , and some families representing our Association.
Bam had transformed their carpark into a mini entertainment village with fantastic attractions for the kids , a mouthwatering barbecue , and live band to entertain all.
Then to top off what had been an extraordinary 2 day event , a cheque for €40,000 was presented to our Chairperson , Andrew Kehoe – (monies raised by all participants of the cycle and very generously topped up by Theo Cullinane on behalf of Bam Contractors).
On behalf of our Association , the girls with Rett Syndrome & CDKL5 and their families , we would like to express our sincere & deepest gratitude to Bam Contractors Staff & Management for their extraordinary generosity of time , money & spirit and we wish them every success for the future.
In particular we have to mention the organising committee of Lorna Cross , Dermot Gough , David Meagher & Micheal Keohane – without who’s dedication , none of the above would have been possible.