PATRICIA O’Farrell and Mary Dorman, from Cookstown, are part of a group of teachers and members of the Irish National Teachers Organisation (INTO) that has raised £31,189 for Friends of the Cancer Centre from a 5-day cycle from Belfast to Ballydavid, County Kerry.
The group’s assignment was known as ‘Belfast to Ballydavid or Bust’ and was in memory of previous INTO Northern Ireland Secretary Frank Bunting, who passed away last August as a result of stomach cancer.
The marathon-cycle that covered 340 miles as they crow flies, was aimed to honour his work and dedication to INTO over the past 20 years by raising money for the charity that helped support Frank through his battle with the illness.
The group took advantage of their heightened fitness from their training regime for the cycle to also run the Belfast City Marathon as part of their fund raising efforts.
Talking about the cycle, Mary Dorman, NI Chair of INTO, said; “We’d been looking at places to cycle to and knew that Frank had loved to spend many a holiday in Ballydavid. It was when we connected that the 2012 INTO’s Congress was going to take place in nearby Killarney that everything began to take shape for the cycle to coincide with it.
“We all had a great time on the road and increased our fitness levels while raising fund for such a worthwhile local charity into the bargain!”