Friday, May 28, 2021

By Denis J. Croke

TWO charities, Family Carers Ireland and the Le Chéile ASD classes (Autism Unit) at Portlaoise Educate Together NS, will be the beneficiaries of a nationwide virtual event organised by the Trilogy Triathlon Club

At the end of April Trilogy launched their campaign in conjunction with Pop Up Races and Eventmaster to host a virtual 100km in June. And now after week’s of preparation the event begins next week.

Although registration remains open for for the next few weeks, Trilogy are encouraging people to register as soon as possible to give themselves as much time as possible to complete the 100km in the month of June.

The 100km can be done as an individual, with friends or a family unit, making it easier to reach your target by Wednesday 30 June 30.

There is also a limited stock of Trilogy’s specially commissioned ’We Care’ t-shirts for the event available online through the Pop Up Races platform.

Once June begins Pop Up Races will send you a link to track your progress with a virtual map. You will begin your 100km at the Family Carers head office in the Phoenix Park, where you will take in a scenic route to Portlaoise. Your virtual 100km finish line is at Portlaoise Educate Together N.S. on the Summerhill Road. 

You can complete your 100km in one day or 30 days it’s totally up to you. Share your journey with friends. If you are and a friend are out for a walk, their kms count too, so be sure to add them into your km bank.

The club want to acknowledge the hard work family carers have provided to loved ones and family members during the pandemic. The club are grateful for the enormous contribution family carers give to our society. Family Carers tag line is simply ‘No one should have to care alone’.

Our understanding is during the toughest times during the pandemic this wasn’t always the case. Now, is their time to shine. Now let us thank this incredible group of people and let them know, WE CARE,” said a club spokesprson.

Portlaoise Educate Together N.S. was the first school in Portlaoise to open ASD classes in 2013. The official opening of their purpose built Le Chéile extension took place in 2018. This consists of two classrooms, individual work stations, group work areas, in addition to a multi-sensory room and a soft-play area.

These areas need to be continuously resourced to ensure that the 12 children and 6 staff can utilise these facilities to their full potential. Essential equipment including furniture, safety padding, multi-sensory equipment and physical education resources are currently required.

Trilogy will also host a We Care weekend on Saturday/Sunday 26/27 June. On this weekend Trilogy’s cycling coach Michael Scully will cycle 200km in one day, his aim to complete the journey in six hours. PRO Pam Grogan will run her We Care 100km over the two days.

The staff in Portlaoise Educate Together will also get involved in the We Care weekend. Members of staff will run 10kms over the weekend in order to raise much needed funds for the school. 

There will be a great buzz in the town on the last weekend of June. We are basing ourselves at the Bog Road pub car park in Fairgreen and we will have donation buckets for those passing by,” said Pam Grogan. “We are still optimistic about reaching our fundraising target. Some local businesses have offered sponsorship and donations which is truly heart warming, considering the hardship small businesses had to endure, during the pandemic.”

So, do you want to sign up to the 100km in June? Go to www.popupraces.ie and search for We Care Campaign. Alternatively you can donate directly to the event. Please go to www.trilogy.ie and hit the donate button on the website. Trilogy would like to state that all funds raised will go to both benefactors.

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