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Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr. Michael Ahern and cycling Legend Seán Kelly Launch Tour de Munster 2006 on Thursday August 17th 2006 at City Hall Cork

The Four-day 600km charity cycle is in aid of the TV3 Baby Max Fund

Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr. Michael Ahern along with Cycling legend Seán Kelly launched the 6th edition of the "Tour de Munster" Charity Cycle which kicked off on Thursday August 17th when a team of 'leisure' cyclists commenced a demanding and challenging four-day 600km charity cycle which will take them through all the counties of Munster with all funds raised going directly to the TV3 Baby Max Wings of Love Fund.


 John Slattery, Environment Department,Cork City Council, pictured here with the Lord Mayor Cllr. Michael Ahern and legendary cyclist, Seán Kelly prior to setting off from City Hall on a charity cycle for the Baby Max Fund.

Seán will complete the first stage of the Tour, which will take the cyclists from Cork into County Waterford for a big climb at the Vee and through Tipperary and Limerick to Killaloe, County Clare. On day two the cyclists will go through Clare and North Kerry to Castlegregory. Day three will see them face more big climbs over the Conor Pass and Molls Gap as they make their way via Dingle, Killarney and Kenmare to Lauragh on the Beara Peninsula. Day four starts with a tough climb over the Healy Pass and finish in Cork city.

Since its launch in March 2004, the TV3 Baby Max Wings of Love Fund has raised over €500,000 for badly needed and life saving equipment to be placed in paediatric wards around Ireland. The success to date of the campaign is founded on the energy and interest of many and TV3 is delighted with the support it received from the 2005 Tour de Munster, which raised almost €60,000 for the Fund.


 Cyclists assemble with Lord Mayor Cllr. Michael Ahern and, Seán Kelly prior to the event

Almost 100th Participants in the 2006 Tour de Munster will collect individual sponsorship and the tour will be accompanied by volunteers who hope to leverage the event with collections in the cities, towns and villages along the route. Freescale Semiconductor is providing title sponsorship and engineers from the multi-national’s Cork Design Centre will be amongst those participating in the cycle. Centre manager Dave Redmond is a very keen cyclist and will be among those honoured to cycle with Seán Kelly


Lord Mayor Cllr. Michael Ahern Supporting the Baby Max "Wings Of Love Fund"

The Fund was initially set up by Darina Ni Chuinneagain and Declan Donnelly following the tragic death of their son Max to Meningitis B and Meningiccoccal Septicemia. The first goal of the Fund was to purchase a ‘life or death’ Haemofiltration Machine for Temple Street - Children’s University Hospital, which was achieved and since TV3’s association with the Fund more vital equipment has been purchased for several units around Ireland.

Following the generosity of sponsorship we experienced last year, we are hoping to raise over €75,000 for the Baby Max Fund this year.

Every cent raised will go directly to the Baby Max Fund – all participants will be covering their own costs in completing the Tour.


 Cyclists assemble with Lord Mayor Cllr. Michael Ahern and, Seán Kelly prior to the event

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