Sligo sheep farmer, Jimmy Currid, is set to cycle 115km from his native county to Croagh Patrick in Co. Mayo, which he will then climb all in one day later this month.
He hopes to raise €60,000 for Sligo Cancer Support Centre and North Sligo Athletics Club to mark his 60th birthday on September 24th, 2022.
He began his fundraising efforts at the Carrick Prolific Ewe Lamb Breeders’ sale in recent weeks, with the last six pens of sheep sold in aid of his chosen causes.
Charity climb and cycle
Jimmy Currid – of the ‘60k for 60th birthday fundraiser’ – explained:
“This will be a really lovely celebration of my 60th birthday. I only started to cycle last March. Nearly everyone is impacted by cancer in some way, and the local Sligo Cancer Support Centre offers excellent free services to anyone with cancer.”
“They provide one-to-one support, counselling psychology, psychotherapy, healing therapies and support workshops in a caring and confidential environment.”
Meanwhile, North Sligo Athletic Club is also close to his heart, as he has been a member for over ten years.
“I would love to help them to develop a new running track and facilities for the next generation.”
“The club has some of the best coaches in the country, an Olympian runner, Christopher O’Donnell, and several national and European winners and record holders, including Mary Cullen.”
“It provides not only for adults but also developing local children in all track and field events,” he added.
Jimmy will have a support group of cyclists on the day and hopes to have even more hikers climb the mountain with him.
“I know that people are finding the cost of living very expensive at the moment, but I would really appreciate it if you could donate what you can afford.”
“Both organisations do great work, and your money will be used very well,” he concluded.
To make a donation to Jimmy’s Cycle & Climb, you can do so via this link.