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In Pictures: More than €26,000 raised following 12 hour cycle in aid of young Laois boy

A 12-hour cycle in aid of a young Laois boy has generated more than €26,000.

Cathail Dooley is a four-year-old from The Rock in Laois and just a day before his birthday, he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukaemia.

On Saturday last, members of The Rock GAA club took part in a 12-hour cycle in a bid to raise money for Cathail’s family as he embarks on his treatment.

It was a huge success and a spokesperson for the club outlined how much money has been generated.

They said: “We are absolutely overwhelmed by the support that we received at our Cycle for Cathail on Saturday.

“For 12 hours straight, the donations, cheers and kind words kept on coming.

“Thanks to your generosity, we raised a massive €6,000 in cash, which brings our overall fundraising total to €26,000 and counting.

“On behalf of the Club, we would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to SuperValu, Mountmellick for immediately getting on board with our fundraising idea, and for doing everything possible to make the day a huge success.

“To all the local businesses who togged out and helped us clock up the miles for Cathail, thank you so much.

“We’d also like to express our gratitude to DS Sports and Midland Workwear for very kindly sponsoring our event t-shirts.

“Finally, this fundraiser wouldn’t have been possible without the help of our supporters and club members.

“Every like, share, pedal, bucket shake and kind donation helped us to surpass our fundraising target; our collective effort will no doubt make a huge difference to Cathail and his family, hopefully making their road to recovery a little bit easier.”

Check out some great pictures below:

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.