Ballinafad man to cycle from his home to Dublin in July

A Ballinafad native plans to undertake a grueling cycle from his native Co. Sligo village to the Phoenix Park in Dublin this July, to raise funds for Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Gerard Shannon is originally from Mountgaffney and lived in Dublin for the last ten years before moving back to his native Ballinafad four years ago to raise his family.

He intends to completes the cycle in July accompanied by his friend John Nolan.

According to Gerard: “My mother in law Audrey lost her battle with this terrible disease (MND) on 13th of July 2020. In her memory, I will cycle from Ballinafad in County Sligo to the Phoenix Park in Dublin. I would love if you could help me raise as much funds as possible for IMNDA who were there from the start to provide support, guidance and most importantly kindness throughout her battle”.

You can donate to Gerard’s fundraising cycle here

  • The Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (IMNDA) is the only organisation of its kind in the country providing specialised services to families affected by this terminal condition. The Association cannot slow the progression of MND or change the outcome but we can alleviate the feelings of isolation and frustration. We offer consistent support to approximately 400 families across Ireland who otherwise would have nowhere else to turn. Everybody with MND has different needs at different stages of their journey and we are here to help and guide them every step of the way. The services provided by the IMNDA are immediate and free of charge for everyone registered with the Association. Key services include: • Access to 4 outreach nurses directly employed by the IMNDA and funded entirely by donations. • Access to a home care grant. • Access to specialised equipment on loan (e.g. wheelchairs, hoists, communication aids etc). • Access to funding towards counselling sessions for the person with MND and family members. Your support is absolutely vital. More than 86% of our income comes from fundraising and donations.

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