May 2021

Pictured: Thomas Sullivan, Niall Walsh, Conor O’Dowd, Trish Walsh and Aaron Walsh, presented a fundraising cheque for €4,000 to Down Syndrome Ireland. These are the proceeds from a hugely successful fundraising cycle Thomas Sullivan and Aaron Walsh undertook in aid of our charity partner.

The cycle, which was supported by Aaron’s father and MACE Clogherhead Retailer, Niall Walsh, was in accordance with the Government guidelines regarding Covid-19 restrictions and saw the intrepid duo cycle in a 5km repetitive loop from Walsh’s MACE Clogherhead. The pair received tremendous support from all in MACE Clogherhead and from the local community who cheered them on throughout.

Commenting, Retailer Niall Walsh is naturally very proud of the initiative, “We are delighted with the success of the cycle by Aaron and Thomas and are incredibly proud of their efforts. All the money raised goes to Down Syndrome Ireland and we are absolutely thrilled to have raised such a significant sum for this very worthy cause.”

The money raised will go directly to Down Syndrome Ireland’s ‘Ability Online’ programme. The programme will provide support to adults aged 29+ with Down syndrome who are struggling with isolation and job losses as a result of Covid-19. The course, which will run every 10 weeks, can be delivered remotely and combines online tasks and group Zoom discussions.

Daniel O’Connell MACE Sales Director said: “I want to commend Aaron, Thomas and all at MACE Clogherhead for their commitment to this fundraising initiative. MACE is very proud to be associated with this cycle and I am sure that Down Syndrome Ireland will be thrilled with the contribution. This cheque will help provide meaningful opportunities to adults with Down syndrome to engage, socialise and look for employment opportunities.”