Mini bus purchased thanks to local cyclists

THANKS SO MUCH: Better Life Cycle volunteers, with Adam McCarthy (Kilworth) and Tomas Moore (Fermoy), who avail of services provided by St. Joseph's Foundation, pictured alongside the recently purchased mini bus, l-r: Cathy Walsh, Adam McCarthy, Tom O'Flynn, Noreen Pigott, Tomas Moore and John Walsh. (Picture: John Ahern)

Better Life Cycle – a group set up in 2013 to fundraise for St Joseph’s Foundation in Charleville, has raised almost half a million euro to date – €406,500 to be exact.

By any standard, it’s a remarkable, story that, according to Better Life Cycle volunteers, isn’t over yet. As most of us are busy putting up Christmas lights, scrambling around for presents, these dedicated cyclists are busy planning for their ‘Treaty/Kingdom Tour’, which is pencilled in for Saturday, 3rd June, 2023. 

“We have our route, we have out date and preparations have begun, now it’s a case of drumming up support and getting as many cyclists on board as possible” Better Life Cycler John Walsh, told The Avondhu


John, along with Better Life Cycle supporters, were out in force on Monday morning for the official handover of a new mini bus, which will be used by those using St Joseph’s Foundation services in MItchelstown, where the foundation has a facility (close to Mitchelstown Leisure Centre).

At the handover of a new mini bus to St. Joseph’s Foundation staff in Mitchelstown last Monday morning were, l-r: Aidan Hallahan (transport manager), Susan Nolan (fundraising co-ordinator), John Walsh (Better Life Cycle), Noreen Pigott (Better Life Cycle) Tom O’Flynn (Better Life Cycle), Cathy Walsh (Better Life Cycle) and Sarah Moore, day services manager. (Picture: John Ahern)

They were joined by: Aidan Hallahan (transport manager with St Joseph’s Foundation), Susan Nolan (fundraising co-ordinator with St Joseph’s Foundation) and day services manager, Sarah Moore.

All were in agreement that the wheelchair accessible, 9 seater Renault Trafic, is a huge boost to service users in Mitchelstown. The new mini bus is in addition to a similar vehicle that also serves the Mitchelstown catchment.