MACE retailers across Ireland are inviting customers to support their Tour de MACE static charity cycles in order to raise funds for MACE’s official charity partner, Down Syndrome Ireland.
Over the summer months, MACE stores will run the events whereby staff and customers can donate 15 minutes to one hour of their time to cycle and contribute much needed funds to Down Syndrome Ireland.
All events will be fully COVID-19 compliant with the static bikes located outside the store away from the entrance, social distancing will be strictly adhered to and each cyclist will be isolated when they are cycling, the retailer said.
The bikes and their surrounds will be thoroughly sanitised between each cyclist.
The initiative is being championed by members of MACE’s National Council of Retailers, which is a representative body of MACE Retailers elected to serve the needs of their colleagues and peers and help drive the MACE agenda.
“The Tour de MACE event is great for the charity, the store and the local communities served by these MACE retailers," said Daniel O’Connell, sales director, MACE.
"It is a fabulous initiative and a fun and healthy way to raise funds for a very worthy cause; all the more important now with fundraising under increased pressure in the current environment,” he added.
The retailers and their stores confirmed to be taking part in this year’s Tour de Mace so far are:
· Louise McCormack (MACE Manorhamilton and MACE Leitrim Village)
· Cathal Talty (MACE Lissycasey)
· Sinead Roche (MACE Thomas Street, Limerick and MACE Shanagolden)
· Mark Wheeler (MACE Sandymount)
· Dermot Mulhall (MACE Mouthrath)
· Jewel Akber (MACE Black Bull, MACE Omeath, MACE Wheaton Hall and MACE West Street)
Each Tour de MACE makes a real and lasting difference to children and adults with Down syndrome and their families throughout Ireland as funds are transferred directly to the charity.
Since adopting Down Syndrome Ireland as MACE’s official charity partner in 2017, MACE Retailers have engaged in a number of initiatives designed to raise awareness and funds for the worthy charity and have raised more than €200,000 in that time.
This year, for the first time ever, MACE renewed the partnership for a further two years with all funds raised going to support a new online education course for every adult aged 29+ with Down Syndrome in Ireland.
‘Ability Online’ 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.