Kathryn Thomas Gets on Her Bike in aid of Women’s Aid

4 Mar 2010

  • RTE Star Launches the Women's Aid East Coast Cycle Challenge 2010
  • Cycle event to raise over €25,000 for the Women's Aid National Freephone Helpline

Women's Aid today launches its annual East Coast Cycle Challenge with the support of RTE star Kathryn Thomas. The annual cycle is the biggest fundraising event for the charity and raises over €25,000 each year for its National Freephone Helpline (1800 341 900).

Speaking at the launch of the event, Kathryn Thomas, the bright and bubbly star of RTE's No Frontiers and Winning Streak, said: "I am delighted to support the Women's Aid East Coast Cycle Challenge 2010. I hope that cyclists of all abilities sign up to do the 70K challenge from Dublin to Arklow on Saturday 15th May. Domestic violence is a huge problem in Irish society. I am saddened that 1 in 5 women in Ireland are affected by domestic violence at some point in their lives.

She continued: "Thousands of women are suffering in silence. The Women's Aid National Freephone Helpline is quite literally a lifeline for women living in fear in their own homes. So, I am urging people to sign up to do the cycle challenge to help women and their children escape and survive domestic violence. So, get on your bike and help Women's Aid today."

Margaret Martin, Director of Women's Aid said, "Every day in Ireland women are raped, beaten and abused by those closest to them - their boyfriends, partners and husbands. The East Coast Cycle Challenge is a great way for people to raise funds to help us support women and their children living with abuse and violence. The cycle suits people of all abilities and it's a great way to spend a Saturday in May."

The East Coast Cycle Challenge is a 70K fun cycle from Dublin to Arklow and it takes in some of the most spectacular scenery the East coast of Ireland has to offer. Over 70 cyclists are expected to sign up and take part on the cycle on Saturday 15th May 2010.

The Women's Aid Helpline is open from 10am - 10pm, 7 days a week 1800 341 900


For more information contact Christina Sherlock at 01-8684721 or 087-9192457.


Notes to Editors

  • Pictures by Paul Sharp, Sharppix on 086-6689087/paul@sharppix.ie will be available after 12pm on Thursday 4th March 2010
  • Kathryn Thomas is the star of RTE's No Frontiers and Winning Streak.
  • The East Coast Cycle Challenge takes place on Saturday 15th May 2010 and over 70 cyclists will journey 70K from Dublin to Arklow. All funds raised go to the Women's Aid National Freephone Helpline (1800 341 900) which supports women and their children experiencing domestic violence.
  • Cyclists can participate as an individual or as part of a team and will be encouraged along the way by an excellent support team of motor-bikers, car support, puncture repair and first aid experts and the Gardaí. It is not a competitive cycle and the emphasis is on fun and completing the challenge.
  • Individual sponsorship is €450 but team rates are available.
  • The event also includes an overnight stay in the luxurious Arklow Bay Hotel and cyclists will celebrate their achievement by enjoying a three course dinner, entertainment, prizes and much more.
  • To sign up to the cycle contact cycle@womensaid.ie or 01-8684721. For more information go to www.womensaid.ie
  • Women's Aid is the national organisation providing support and information to women experiencing domestic violence. Women's Aid operates a National Freephone Helpline Service from 10am to 10pm, 7 days a week and a One to One Support Service and Court Accompaniment Service.
  • Research shows that 1 in 5 women in Ireland experience domestic violence.