A team of Glanbia Ingredients Ireland Limited (GIIL) are today completing the second leg of a 300k charity cycle. 

The cycle started yesterday and today’s leg sees the 34 employees go from Athlone at 8.30am through Birr, Templemore, Urlingford and arriving back in Ballyragget this evening.

The inaugural ‘Glanbia 300 Charity Cycle’ will raise funds for the Carlow/Kilkenny Home Care Team and the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul. The team will complete the charity cycle in 32 hours, enduring some tough and challenging terrain, as part of the company’s local fundraising initiatives.

Jim O’ Neill, Head of Operations South GIIL, is taking part in the cycle and speaking about the event he said: “The goal is to raise in excess of €20,000 which will be split evenly among two worthwhile charities which are close to our hearts here in GIIL. Our 34 riders and 14 support buddies are riding not only to achieve personal ambitions but to raise much needed funds for the Carlow/Kilkenny Home Care Team and the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul. We are very proud of the team’s training efforts to date and, certainly, are inspired by their focus, hard work and commitment. GIIL is at the heart of the farming community here in the Southeast and we are happy to be able to support these valued charities.”

Ian Wilson, Chairman of the Carlow/Kilkenny Home Care Team stated “While we do receive some financial support from the Health Service Executive the Home Care Team is very much dependent on voluntary contributions to ensure that it can continue to provide the best possible standards of care to its clients in the Carlow and Kilkenny area. All voluntary fundraising goes directly towards funding the salaries of the nursing staff and we are delighted that Glanbia Ingredients Ireland Limited has selected our organisation to benefit from this charity event.”