Cork encouraged to take part in Enable Ireland's national 'Wheel 100' challenge 

Cork encouraged to take part in Enable Ireland's national 'Wheel 100' challenge 
Jack Macfarlane and his sister Emma who launched Enable Ireland’s Wheel 100 fundraising campaign in Midleton. Photography by Gerard McCarthy.

This June, Enable Ireland is asking people to take part in an innovative charity fundraiser dubbed the 'Wheel 100 Challenge'.

The challenge encourages participants to wheel 100 times in their own way and raise vital funds for the charity. 

Speaking on the launch Enable Ireland Board Member Diarmuid Duggan, who is a wheelchair user encouraged people to get involved.

"We’re really excited to launch this challenge and we’re hoping people will have fun taking part. 

"The idea is that you don your wheels whether it’s a bike, scooter, wheelchair or roller skates and wheel 100 times. "You could do 100 laps of your park or 100km locally over the course of the month," he explained. 

The Macfarlane Family from Midleton attend Enable Ireland services in Cork with their son Jack (17). 

"The summer is that bit longer for all of us this year and it’s great to be able to focus on a challenge that can be done within your local area and is inclusive for all. 

"I’m delighted it’s a challenge that both of my children can do," Linda Macfarlane said.

Jack Macfarlane and his sister Emma who launched Enable Ireland’s Wheel 100 fundraising campaign in Midleton. Photography by Gerard McCarthy.
Jack Macfarlane and his sister Emma who launched Enable Ireland’s Wheel 100 fundraising campaign in Midleton. Photography by Gerard McCarthy.

Like many charities, Enable Ireland has been significantly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

"With fundraising events cancelled and our 21 charity shops closed we are facing a loss of up to €1.5million in funding," Enable Ireland CEO John O’Sullivan said.

"Now more than ever, we need the public’s support to continue to provide our vital services to 8,500 children and adults across Ireland," he continued.

Like many frontline healthcare workers, Enable Ireland staff have continued to support people with disabilities during the Covid-19 epidemic. 

Staff around the country are providing essential residential, respite, community living and family support, in a way that is safe for all. 

Staff are using technology to deliver clinical and therapy support for children and their families in key areas like physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy, and to provide ongoing contact and support to adults in their homes.

If you would like to take on the Wheel 100 challenge and help raise vital funds for Enable Ireland, phone Trudy McQuaid on 087 6868333 or email wheel100@enableireland.ie to sign up.

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