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Cyclists urged to sign up for Dublin Bay event

Thursday, 26th July, 2018 1:00pm
Cyclists urged to sign up for Dublin Bay event

Pictured at the launch of NCBI’s ‘Cycle of Light’ around Dublin Bay are Sr Brid Smith, Chris White of the NCBI, Nuala Carey of RTE and Dave Killian, Head of Application , Transformation and Integration at Fujitsu Ireland. PHOTO: MAXWELLS

Cyclists urged to sign up for Dublin Bay event

Pictured at the launch of NCBI’s ‘Cycle of Light’ around Dublin Bay are Sr Brid Smith, Chris White of the NCBI, Nuala Carey of RTE and Dave Killian, Head of Application , Transformation and Integration at Fujitsu Ireland. PHOTO: MAXWELLS

CYCLISTS hoping to take part in a unique night time cycle around Dublin Bay are being urged to register before the August 1 deadline.

The National Council for the Blind of Ireland’s (NCBI) innovative ‘Cycle of Light’ is taking place this year on August 24. The event, now in its second year, is night time cycle stretching from Dalkey to Howth and back.

Participating cyclists will ride the scenic return route, which spans some 85km. Participants will start peddling at 8.30pm and ride into the darkness in a symbolic fund-raising initiative to support the vital work of NCBI for people affected by sight loss.

Joining the ‘peloton’ for Cycle of Light 2018 is RTE’s Nuala Carey. Speaking at the launch Nuala said: “I love the concept of Cycle of Light, it is a magical idea. It will be a super and highly symbolic event and one that I am proud to support. The NCBI provides very valuable services for people with sight loss. Cycle of Light is a wonderfully symbolic fundraising idea which also serves to raise awareness and vital funds for people who are blind or vision impaired. So, pedal on for NCBI, and light up the night for sight.”

Speaking at the launch of Cycle of Light 2018, Chris White CEO NCBI, added: “NCBI’s ‘Cycle of Light’ had a hugely successful launch last year and we are delighted that this truly unique occasion has captured the support of the public and because of that we are doing it bigger and better this year.” “NCBI is always coming up with novel events to raise much needed funds for our charity, and we are delighted that the public’s imagination is sparked by our Cycle of Light.” 

There are 54,810 people with sight loss in Ireland. The NCBI (National Council for the Blind of Ireland) is Ireland’s national charity working for the rising number of people affected by sight loss.

They offer practical and emotional advice and support and help 8,000 people and their families face their futures with confidence every year.

Tony O’Malley, CEO of Fujitsu, main sponsors of Cycle of Light, said they were extremely proud of their ongoing partnership with the NCBI and what they have helped to achieve since joining forces back in 2017.

“Cycle of Light is a truly inspirational event which we are proud to support,” he said. “We encourage everybody to hit the road and support the vital work of the NCBI in helping people affected by sight loss.”

NCBI’s services include emotional support and counselling, low vision solutions like magnifiers, assistive technology advice and training, rehabilitation training (including independent living skills and using a long cane), and a large print, audio and Braille library. The organisation also has an online shop with lots of practical solutions.

To join the team and participate in the Cycle of Light visit www.ncbi.ie to register. 

Alternatively, contact cycleoflight@ncbi.ie or call 01 882 1970. 

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