Avvio’s Caroline Kelleher cycles for Recovery Haven - Cancer Support House

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Posted by Fionnuala Bland on: 2017-06-29 09:30:04Avvio

Ring of Kerry Cycle

Caroline Kelleher, Avvio’s lead designer and user experience consultant, is taking on a huge challenge for charity on 1 July.

On behalf of Recovery Haven - Cancer Support House, Caroline will mount her bike and take on the 180km (112 miles) that makes up the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle.

The circuit will take her around the full loop of Co. Kerry. Joining 10,000 other inspiring cyclists at 6 am in Killarney, South West Ireland, Caroline will ride along the coastline, up and down hills, through fields and across rivers, until she gets back to where she started, to raise money for the Kerry-based charity.

Recovery Haven offers free information, emotional support and practice to help cancer patients and their loved ones, no matter which stage they are on their journey. This is not just in the form of counselling sessions, but also through a range of support groups, one-to-one therapies, a drop-in service and a variety of classes, including mindfulness, art, jewellery making and pilates.

Caroline explains, “I chose to take on this challenge to support Recovery Haven as I know what it’s like to have a family member who suffered from cancer - and every second person you meet has been affected, or knows someone that has had to deal with cancer - and they all need the support that the Recovery Haven gives to people.”

The charity was registered in 2009 with a vision to provide the support people need after diagnosis and recovery, that medical services so rarely offer. It was partly through the Ring of Kerry Cycle that the founding committee raised enough money to open the haven in Kerry in 2010.

Needless to say, Caroline is not cycling just for the fun of it. She’s trained and fundraised tirelessly and Avvio is proud to sponsor her cycle.

Caroline admits: “My feelings about race day are somewhat mixed. I’ve never done anything like this before and for me to do an 180 km cycle is a mammoth task to complete, so I’m a bit nervous about it! But I’m also excited, as I know the atmosphere on the day, the thousands of people and the beautiful Kerry countryside will bring me along and help me get to the finish line and the training I have been doing over the last few weeks will all be worth it.”

Show your support for Caroline by donating online, or if you’re in Kerry, come along to the event and spot her in her dashing Avvio cycling jersey.

More about the Ring of Kerry Cycle

Founded in 1983, the Ring of Kerry Cycle is the largest one-day fundraising event in Munster and has raised €10.2 million for Kerry charities. Well equipped with medical and food stations along the way and a wealth of preparatory information and advice for cyclists, the iconic charity event attracts thousands of participants every year.

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