Greenway challenge for Mayo Cystic Fibrosis unit

A cycle challenge along the spectacular Great Western Greenway is taking place on March 29 to raise funds for a much needed dedicated cystic fibrosis (CF ) unit at Mayo General Hospital.

Organisers of Challenge the Greenway are asking the Mayo public to saddle-up and get on their bikes for the 26-mile fundraiser.

CF is Ireland’s most life-threatening inherited disease, which affects primarily the lungs and digestive systems, inevitably leading to malnutrition, constant chest infections and a reduced life expectancy.

The challenge organisers have teamed up with the Cystic Fibrosis West team to help them raise the funds required to build the very specialised day care unit at Mayo General Hospital, specifically for CF sufferers.

The unit will include two isolated en-suite bedrooms that will incorporate a positive and negative pressure airflow system, a treatment room, meeting room, kitchen area, laboratory and a gym for treatment, exercise and fitness testing.

So far, Cystic Fibrosis West has raised €1.25 million for the unit but they need another €50,000 to meet their target.

The 26-mile cycle is a picturesque trail traversing the Atlantic coast between Westport and Achill Island. Participants will experience dramatic views of Clew Bay, spectacular mountain ranges and pass through quaint, picturesque villages along the way.

If you think you’re up for the challenge, get involved and sign up. Visit www.challengethegreenway.com for more information.

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