The Purple Rose Bike Run in aid of Cytstic Fibrosis from Tipperary to Bundoran in Donegal kicked off just after 10am on Saturday, April 16 and the excitement was palpatable as over one hundred bikers streamed out of the town market yard.
The Purple Rose Bike Run is an annual event organised in Tipperary to raise awareness and much needed money for Cystic Fibrosis. Ireland has the highest incidence of Cystic Fibrosis in the world and also the largest proportion of families with more than one child suffering from the condition.
In 2010 five friends, Mary Behan, Billy Bresnan, John Redfern, Billy Breen and Ben Lynch got together and organised the first Purple Rose bike run in aid of Cystic Fibrosis to Killybegs in Donegal. They raised over €10,000 which went to The Cystic Fibrosis Unit at Cork University Hospital.
This year the team decided to organise the Bike Run to Bundoran and over hundred bikes came from all over Tipperary, Cork, Kerry, Wicklow, Kildare and Limerick to participate in the 2011 run.
The entourage of bikes, accompanied by the Red Cross and breakdown services, left the town at 10.15 and headed to Dundrum, Templemore, Roscrea, Birr, Athlone, Ballymahon, Lanesborough, Rooskey, Drumod, Carrick–on-Shannon, Leitrim, Drumkerrin, Manorhamiliton and reached Bundoran at 5pm.
All participants stayed at The Hollyrood Hotel in Bundoran with entertainment provided by local Tipperary celebrity/funny man Willie Bun who travelled with the group.
The money collected this year will go to Build4Life/Cystic Fibrosis at Cork University Hospital to improve facilities for Cystic Fibrosis patients.
Cystic Fibrosis is a personal cause for one of the organisers Billy Bresnan whose son, William, was a Cystic Fibrosis patient at Cork University Hospital before he received a double lung transplant almost three months ago at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle in England.
The facilities in Cork are improving the all the time and the new Adult Cystic Fibrosis Unit is due to be opened in May. The organizers of the run would like to express their gratitude and appreciation to all those who participated in the inaugural event this year. For more information check out the ‘Purple Rose Bike Run’ on Facebook.