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.
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