Annual George Faulkner memorial cycle in Quigley’s Point this Sunday
The annual George Faulkner memorial cycle and fun day is expected to attract a large crowd to Quigley’s Point this Sunday, September 25.
The event is being held in memory of George Faulkner, a 62-year-old local man who died when in a collision with a van while cycling on the main Moville to Muff road on the evening of February 1, 2007.
Through the years the cycle has kept George’s memory alive, while also raising thousands of euro for several good causes, including the Foyle Hospice, the Irish Heart Foundation, Quigley’s Point Community Centre and Drung Chapel among others.
One of the organisers, Marilyn McLaughlin, says every single cent raised goes directly to charity.
“There are no expenses attached; we don’t hold any money back whatsoever,” she explained.
The chosen charity for 2016 is Féileacáin, the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Association of Ireland.
It is a cause that is close to the hearts of organisers, Marilyn and Robert McLaughlin, whose first grandson Danielle was stillborn without warning three years ago.
“There was no explanation as to why he should have died. Everything was one hundred per cent fine until the last few hours.”
“He was perfectly healthy and more than nine pounds in weight,” Marilyn said.
The issue of neonatal and stillborn death is one that has affected many families in the Inishowen area in recent years, but it often remains little known and there are few supports for bereaved parents.
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