THREE members of Dunloy Cycling Club were guests of honour at a council reception at the Civic Headquarters to recognise the fundraising success of the 575 Cycle Challenge in May raising £10,000 for the Stroke Association.
The cyclists were accompanied by their support team and local Dunloy councillor, Philip McGuigan.
Raymond Kelly, a stroke survivor, with his cycling partners Peter Zagrapan and Simon Corrigan completed a gruelling cycle of 500 miles, including climbing seven mountain peaks in five days.
Congratulating the three local cyclists, Alderman Frank Campbell, Chair of Leisure & Amenities Committee commented: “Your achievement is remarkable and on behalf of Council I would congratulate you all and also your support team.
“ You are an inspiration to everyone and have demonstrated how an active lifestyle can help recovery from stroke and other illness.”
Speaking about the health benefits of exercise Alderman Campbell said: “Council is committed to raising awareness of the benefits of regular exercise and has various initiatives in place to encourage citizens to get active.
“It has also developed Walking and Cycling brochures with a range of cycle route and walks to suite all ages.”
Paul Montgomery, Stroke Association’s Community and Events Fundraising Manager NI thanked Council for recognising this incredible achievement.
He said: “Over 400 people in the Ballymoney Council area are living with the effects of stroke. Awareness and fundraising are two things that came in bucket loads with the 575 Stroke Challenge.
“We had calls from stroke survivors and carers who’d been touched by the achievement and who want to do something to support us themselves.
“Not only has it given them a link to the Stroke Association, but it’s reminded them that there is life after stroke and of what can be achieved with the right support around you.”