OVER the May bank holiday weekend this year, two cycplists from a Tullamore business joined a host of well know business figures to take part in Cycle4haiti 2011, a 225km charity cycle from Dublin to Galway which raised €125,000 for the Soul of Haiti Foundation.
Among the 156 cyclists who set out in a bid to triple last year’s fundraising goal was a local team, brothers Gerry and Damian Dollard from Midlandbetting.com, based in Tullamore. Linda Hoban from Banagher also took part with team mate Elaine Sweeney from Team One Direct in Athlone. Other high-profile entrepreneurs who took part included Michael Dawson, Group CEO of the Gift Voucher Shop, Michael Cullen, chief executive, Beacon Medical Group, Pádraig Ó Céidigh, chairman of Aer Arann.
The funds raised by Cycle4Haiti in 2010 went directly to support the development of Soul of Haiti Foundation projects including the provision of a brand new roof for an orphanage in Il a Vache.
Michael Dawson, One4all CEO, said “The level of support for Cycle4haiti has been phenomenal. It was really encouraging to see so many people getting involved this year which has helped us more than triple last year’s fundraising total. This one small challenge helps make a big difference to the lives of people in Haiti.”
A number of other Ernst & Young Entrepreneurs of the Year, well known companies and familiar faces participated in the event, including teams of novice cyclists from An Post, O2, Jacobs Fruitfield, One Direct, Netwatch, Lotusworks, Ernst & Young and Megazyme.
The Soul of Haiti Foundation was set up in 2007 by a group of Ernst & Young Entrepreneurs of the Year including One4all CEO Michael Dawson, to help communities in Haiti to improve their economic and social circumstances and create their own success by building relationships with Irish entrepreneurs.