REcently bikers from Louth were among the 140 bikers who set off for one of the biggest fundraising events in the Down syndrome Ireland calendar - Rev-up4DSI.
On Saturday, May 4 the eighth annual Rev-up4DSI motorcycle challenge got underway when bikers from all over the country hit the throttle from the starting line at Joe Duffy Motors in Dublin. A number of bikers from this area were among the tour who navigated, three-day, 1,200km mystery tour which culminated in a lap of the rugged countryside of Donegal.
The event has raised a staggering E1.4 million for Down Syndrome Ireland over the past eight years and is going from strength to strength. This year it is hoped the event will raise in the region of €100,000.
The monies raised will help Down Syndrome Ireland to continue to provide their wide ranging supports and services which ensure people with Down syndrome, young and old to reach their full potential.
This year the charity event has even attracted riders from Scotland, France and USA.
Down syndrome is one of the most common known causes of intellectual disability. It affects one in every 546 live births in Ireland.
Speaking at the launch, Down Syndrome Ireland’s Aidan Lynam said: “We are delighted by the response to this our eighth Revup4DSI. A huge thank you has to go out to our bikers who come out every year with the same enthusiasm. Our sponsors BMW Motorrad, Bridgestone, Pole Position Travel.com, Ordnance Survey Ireland and Carole Nash Insurance are all continuing their support of the event and are hugely deserving of our thanks.”
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