Ironically, Adam is a massive motorcycling aficionado, so the partnership with EHA Racing, and getting to meet some of his racing heroes, was an added incentive for the Holywood man’s upcoming fundraising efforts on two wheels.
Assisting Adam and CAUSE was an easy decision to make for all involved at EHA Racing, and with added support from well-known and much respected local cycling retailer Dave Kane Cycles in Belfast, Adam has been furnished with a Cannondale road bike and their famous fluorescent yellow and black cycling kit to help complete his fundraising project.
“It’s been a pleasure assisting CAUSE and Adam with the early stages of this project, and just seeing his face when he got to meet EHA Racing riders Andy Reid, David Allingham and North West 200 record holder Alastair Seeley, was satisfaction enough for us,” said EHA Racing’s PR & Commercial Manager Paul Lindsay.
“Mental health illness should no longer be a taboo subject with so many people suffering, and taking Adam’s circumstances into the equation, all at EHA Racing and Dave Kane Cycles are fully supportive of his efforts, to raise much needed funds for such an inspirational local charity,” he added.
Adam aims to raise as much money as he can for local mental health charity CAUSE and to highlight the invaluable role that families and friends have in helping people recover from severe mental illness and the support services offered by CAUSE to these carers.
His Mega Cycle Challenge is part of CAUSE’s new fundraising campaign ‘Get On Your Bike for CAUSE’ which encourages everyone to get out cycling and biking this summer to help raise much needed money to help fund CAUSE’s invaluable support services.
Adam and the charity are thrilled that EHA Racing has got behind Adam and the campaign with rider Andy Reid becoming CAUSE’s most recent ambassador. Some of the team and members of Dave Kane Cycles, Belfast, will be joining Adam on various sections of the route, where any additonal support will be very much appreciated.
Commenting, Anne Holland, Fundraising Manager for the charity, emphasises the impact of mental illness on communities: “One in four people will suffer from mental ill health during their lifetime. Through this new campaign, we can highlight that there is support for carers and families affected by a loved one’s serious mental illness.
Of course, fundraising events like this are vital to help us continue our work. We would like to thank the EHA Racing Team, Dave Kane Cycles, Sainsbury’s Holywood Exchange; Paul Lindsay and Sarah Mathews of EHA Group for getting behind our campaign and supporting Adam in his massive Cycle Challenge in June. So we are asking all cyclists and bikers to ‘Get on Your Bikes ‘CAUSE You Care!’
Adam’s Cycle commences Saturday 23rd June and will take the following route, calling at all Sainsbury’s stores:
Day 1 Bangor – Carrickfergus – Ballymena – Coleraine
Day 2 Coleraine – Derry/Londonderry – Dungannon
Day 3 Dungannon – Portadown – Armagh – Newry
Day 4 Newry – Lisburn – Belfast/Kennedy Way – Belfast/Forestside – Holywood Exchange
WHO ARE CAUSE?
CAUSE, as the largest regional voluntary sector provider of mental health services to carers in Northern Ireland, know that caring for someone with mental illness is challenging. Mental illness is a fluctuating condition, often misunderstood and stigmatised, causing considerable emotional distress to carers. The charity believes that cyclists and bikers across Northern Ireland can make a real difference to those carers isolated and stigmatised through supporting a loved one who is/has experienced serious mental illness.
Monies raised through Get on Your Bike for CAUSE campaign will go to providing practical and emotional support to carers throughout Northern Ireland which include CAUSE’s free and confidential Helpline, one-to-one advocacy support, local support groups and training and educational workshops for carers and professionals and educational and therapeutic respite activities for carers.
Image 1: Fundraiser Adam Carroll getting a helping hand from proprietor Dave Kane of Dave Kane Cycles in Belfast.
Image 2: Adam proudly holds aloft his Dave Kane Cycles supported Cannondale road bike that will play a major part in helping him complete his fundraising project this June.