Microsoft employees today set off on a 650-kilometre cycling challenge from Mizen Head, Co Cork to Malin Head, Co Donegal in support of charity LauraLynn, Ireland’s only Children’s Hospice. This is the third year for Microsoft employees to undertake the challenge and they’ve set themselves a target of raising €40K which will bring the total amount fundraised by the cycling team in the last three years to €100K.

Microsoft has a long history of supporting LauraLynn. The organisation is located in Leopardstown near to where Microsoft operates and as a neighbour Microsoft does as much as it can to support them. Microsoft has provided LauraLynn with software donations and technology training and employees have collectively become passionate about supporting the cause, with volunteering hours and support at their annual Christmas ‘Light Up LauraLynn’ day.

Speaking of the upcoming event, Irene O’Riordan, Microsoft, said: “Microsoft are delighted to be undertaking this cycling challenge for a third year to support LauraLynn Children’s Hospice. The team taking part are really excited about the upcoming days ahead but more importantly raising vital funds to support this great cause. Our many visits to LauraLynn have shown us the fantastic care that is provided by the team there. Learning how the money is spent to provide families with expert nursing care in their home to delivering music therapy sessions or their annual Memorial Service as part of their Bereavement Support Programme has really helped to motivate the team to cycle hard, complete the challenge and reach our fundraising target. We’re excited for the challenge ahead.”

Also commenting was Sharon Morrow, CEO, LauraLynn Ireland’s Children’s Hospice, who said: “We are so thrilled that Microsoft employees have chosen LauraLynn as their charity for the Mizen to Malin cycle for a third year. The Microsoft team really goes the extra mile in raising both funds and awareness of our vital children’s hospice services. Over 3,800 children in Ireland live with life-limiting conditions. All the funds raised from the cycle will go directly to providing hospice care to these children and their families.”

“We’d like to say a big Thank You to all the Microsoft cyclists and wish them well on their journey” she concluded.

The cycle will run over four days, beginning tomorrow 7th of September and ending on the 10th of September. The planned route will bring the cyclists through seven west coast counties – Cork, Kerry, Clare, Galway, Mayo, Sligo and Donegal. Microsoft employees will cycle from Mizen to Tralee on day one, Tralee to Galway on day two, Galway to Bundoran on day three and Bundoran to Malin Head on the final day. The team will cycle for approximately eight hours per day, travelling an average distance of 160km. 40 Microsoft employees have volunteered to take part in the cycle, with 29 cycling and 11 acting as crew.

To find out more about the LauraLynn Children’s Hospice log on to www.lauralynn.ie.

To donate to this great cause, log on to http://aka.ms/mizentomalin2016

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