Fundraising efforts underway for Cork native with Paralympic dream

Fundraising efforts underway for Cork native with Paralympic dream

Visually impaired Donnacha McCarthy from Drimoleague with his companion Martin Mizgajski taking part in the King of the Hill triathlon in Kinsale.

Fundraising efforts are underway to help a Cork native achieve his paralympic dreams.

Donnacha McCarthy lost his sight at the age of 10 after battling Leukemia for the second time.

Instead of letting his sight loss defeat him Donnacha went on to become a renowned athlete, a college graduate and an analyst.

The Cork native has been competing in paratriathlons since 2017, winning national titles in 2018 and 2019. He was a bronze medallist in the 2018 World Paratriathlon Cup.

He is aiming to become just the second Irish para-athlete to compete in the Paralympic Games.

However, he needs to raise funds for a new tandem bike for himself and his guide Bryan McCrystal, before he can compete.

A GoFundMe page has been set up and so far, almost €4,000 of the €18,000 target has been raised.

In a Facebook post, Donnacha explained:

“Myself and Bryan desperately need a new tandem.

“The one we have simply doesn’t fit.

“We need a custom one and they are incredibly expensive, €18,000 is a very modest quote,” he added.

“A new bike will make the difference in terms of speed so if you would consider buying either one of us a cup of coffee, maybe you’d donate the price of one or two!” Louise Dunne, who set up the GoFundMe page said:

“At 30 Donnacha is a college graduate, an analyst for Vodafone Ireland, a former team captain for the Irish blind football team, and now he needs your help to get to Tokyo to represent Ireland in Paratriathlon.

“Donnacha along with his guide, Bryan Mc Crystal have demonstrated over the past year that they have what it takes to qualify.

“They are currently using a tandem bike that has been loaned to them and is not fit for purpose,” she added.

“They desperately need a custom made bike that costs upwards of €18,000.

“Please help give them the same chance as all of the rest of the athletes by helping them purchase a new tandem bike.”

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