13 June 2013, under
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Marks & Spencer is gearing up for its biggest fundraising to date*, with over 1,400 M&S employees taking part in its BIKE 24 charity cycle challenge on Friday 21 June. 36 employees from M&S Ireland, representing nine teams from nine stores, will also participate in the endurance event.
With the aim of raising over €1.5million for five leading charities, M&S employees from its stores and offices across the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Great Britain are backing the cyclists as they prepare for M&S’s unique fundraising event this summer.
BIKE 24 is a ‘Le Mans’ inspired 24 hour endurance event taking place at Rockingham Motor Racing Circuit in Corby, Northamptonshire. Employees will compete in teams of four; the relay will see a cyclist from each team on the track from 5pm on Friday 21st until 5pm on Saturday 22nd June. 23 experienced solo riders are also competing individually and will stay in the saddle for the whole duration of the challenge.
Each lap of the circuit will help M&S to raise crucial funds in support of its five charity partners: the Marie Keating Foundation (ROI), Action Cancer (NI), Breakthrough Breast Cancer, Action Medical Research and Prostate Cancer UK (GB).
Jonathan Glenister, Head of M&S Ireland said: “I’m delighted that so many of our Irish colleagues are getting involved in the BIKE 24 charity cycle challenge. Whether they’re planning fundraising activities in-store, sponsoring participants online or training for the track at Rockingham, everyone is getting behind BIKE 24. That’s why we’ve set an ambitious target to raise over €1.5million for these five truly worthwhile charities, including the Marie Keating Foundation. We’re all gearing up for the main event and the enthusiasm and support from our employees and customers will help us get to the finish line.”
BIKE 24 is part of the Your M&S Charity Challenge which will see a host of fundraising activities taking place in M&S stores in Ireland from now to the end of August.
In M&S Dundrum, the entire team is participating in “Walking a Million Steps for the Marie Keating Foundation” whereby all staff members will wear pedometers for one week from 16th June in an effort to clock up the steps, and the funds, for the charity. In M&S Mary Street, the team will host their own version of BIKE 24 when they will cycle through the night from 5pm on June 21st to 5pm on June 22nd in the store window, no doubt gaining huge support from customers and passers-by as they pedal for charity.
The M&S Clonmel store is hosting a pop-up Marie Keating Foundation Charity Shop on 15th June, while M&S Newbridge staff will climb the Spinc in Glendalough on 18th June to raise funds. M&S Liffey Valley will also host a Knitathon in store on 21st and 22nd June, allowing customers as well as staff to participate in this enjoyable fundraising initiative. For information on additional Your M&S Charity Challenge activities check out your nearest M&S store.
Marie Keating Foundation Mobile Information Units will also visit selected M&S locations over the next few weeks to support in-store activities, so that customers and the general public can avail of their non-screening information service. A nurse will be on board to provide cancer information free of charge in an informal and non-intrusive way. The Unit is stocked with take home information leaflets on Bowel, Lung, Mouth, Skin, Testicular, Prostate, Cervical, Ovarian and Breast cancer.**
Ronan Keating, co-founder of the Marie Keating Foundation, said: “On behalf of my family and the team at the Marie Keating Foundation I want to thank Marks & Spencer for supporting us again this year with the BIKE 24 challenge. Through your efforts and success the Foundation can continue to provide its cancer awareness campaigns and support cancer patients in need financially. Marks & Spencer and its people has, since the beginning been a true partner to us in our fight against cancer, and for this support we truly are so grateful”.
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