Irish entrepreneurs launch final Cycle4Haiti initiative

The entrepreneurs behind Cycle4haiti, the annual charity cycle in aid of Haven, are asking members of the public to get behind the handlebars for one final fundraising push. Backed by One4all Bikes4work and set to be the biggest one yet, Cycle4Haiti is entering its 10th and final year in 2019. Registrations for individuals, groups and businesses are now open at www.Cycle4haiti.com.

Founded in 2007, the Soul of Haiti Foundation, now partnered with Haven, was established when a group of entrepreneurs and finalists of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year travelled to the south of Haiti to set up a number of humanitarian projects. Haiti remains one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere having endured political turmoil, civic and social unrest for years, as well as frequent, severe environmental adversities. This initiative recognises these challenges faced by the people of Haiti and focuses on empowering communities in the country through social entrepreneurship.

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The Cycle4haiti Grand Finale will commence on Saturday 25th May 2019, departing from two different starting points, depending on how long and far cyclists involved wish to travel. Those favouring a longer spin can take the 200k cycle starting at Barnhall Rugby Club, Leixlip, while a 100k option is also available, with the Dublin peloton picking them up at Athlone GAA Club. Both cycles will culminate at Eyre Square, Galway on the Saturday evening, followed by a Gala dinner and awards ceremony.

Organisers are also encouraging businesses across Ireland to get involved by putting forward teams of four to take part in the cycle and accompanying challenges. The challenges range from slow bicycle races, Jenga tournaments to Bike Basketball challenges and Cycle4haiti trivia, so there is something for everyone and many great prizes to be won.

Commenting on the launch of the Cycle4haiti Grand Finale, Michael Dawson, Chief Executive Officer at One4all Ireland, said: “Cycle4haiti began as a group of entrepreneurial friends coming together to help the communities affected by extreme poverty and natural disasters in Haiti and I am extremely proud of what we have grown to achieve together. We are confident that not only will our final cycle be the most entertaining and fulfilling to date, but it will also help us with one great final fundraising push for Haven and the Soul of Haiti Foundation.”

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