Waterford trio raise thousands for Pieta House

Maurice Shanahan, Brendan Landers and Philip Lenihan who raised over €5,000 for Pieta House by cycling 100km locally. (Photo: Katie Shanahan)

Waterford hurler Maurice Shanahan, along with friends Brendan Landers and Philip Lenihan, took to their bicycles earlier this month to raise money for Pieta House.

Before they set out to cycle a 100km distance, the group had originally aimed to raise €300 for the mental health charity.

It would have been with great surprise then, that they found themselves registering an unprecedented flow of donations which surged to several thousand euro.

Ultimately, the trio’s fundraising efforts delivered €5,171 in aid of Pieta House.

At the small hours of 3am on 9 May, when many were tucked up in bed, the small group began their journey, looking to tackle a 100km loop around Lismore that stayed within the 5km radius currently approved by Government travel restrictions.

Their efforts were part of the broader fundraising of ‘Darkness into Light,’ which, each year, sees thousands of people across the country come together to walk or run in aid of Pieta House.

Taking to social media following the event, Mr Shanahan thanked everyone who had donated.

“We cannot believe over €5,000 has been raised in such a short space of time,” he said.