Tipp cyclists get on their bike for jobs

Cyclists from Tipperary and around the country are taking part in a fundraising cycle to help create new jobs in local food initiatives. On June 15, over 100 cyclists will take part in the 100km cycle, which starts in Borrisokane at 10am.

Cyclists from Tipperary and around the country are taking part in a fundraising cycle to help create new jobs in local food initiatives. On June 15, over 100 cyclists will take part in the 100km cycle, which starts in Borrisokane at 10am.

The route travels through Nenagh, Borrisoleigh, Templemore, Roscrea, Cloughjordan and finishes up again in Borrisokane. The cyclists will be raising funds for GET Local (formerly LocalSwitch), an Irish-based co-operative, non-profit organisation. GET Local offers empowerment, mentorship and a complete business services platform to local, community entrepreneurs creating local jobs.

Cycle teams from Borrisokane, Borrisoleigh, Nenagh and Clonmel will be taking part in the event, with many more expected to sign up over the coming weeks. People along the route are encouraged to cheer on and support the cyclists as they pass through each area. Halfway refreshments will be provided to cyclists courtesy of local food producers Cloughjordan Woodfired Bakery, Brady Family Ham and Tipperary Water. Refreshments will be served in Borrisokane at the end of the cycle.

An event page has been set up on Facebook under the title Borris v Borris Charity Cycle Supporting Local Food Initiatives. You can also follow updates on Twitter from @LocalSwitch and @GETLocalBorris. Ambulance cover will be provided by the Red Irish Cross.

Cyclists wishing to sign up can do so on the day or by phoning Padraic on 086-2222302. Online donations can be made at www.startsomegood.com/getlocalireland (after May 27). To find out more about GET Local visit www.localswitch.ie