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Giants Launch 2016 Venice-Rome Cycle Challenge For Autism NI

The Stena Line Belfast Giants showed their support for Autism NI as local cycling enthusiasts launched their charity cycle from Venice to Rome this September. The challenge was launched at CastleCourt with Giants Adam Keefe, who is a patron for Autism NI, and Jonathan Boxill who celebrated the launch and took their own turn on the bikes in the name of charity as the cycling team stepped up their preparations, spending three hours cycling on Tuesday at CastleCourt.

Robert Fitzpatrick, Odyssey Trust Chief Executive, Paul McMahon, CastleCourt Centre Director, accompanied by businessmen Douglas Adams and David Bowen will be traveling to Venice on 27th September to begin four gruelling days of cycling through Italy in order to raise much needed funds for their chosen charity, Autism NI.

Their exciting challenge takes them south from the canals of Venice to the rolling hills of Tuscany and Umbria. The terrain is hilly, with some long climbs and steep gradients before coming down out of the hills into Rome.

Autism NI need your support – please click here for information on how to donate to the cause.

Autism NI Corporate Fundraising Manager Sarah-Jayne Cassells said:

“It was wonderful to have Giants Adam Keefe and Jonathan Boxill along to support Paul and Robert in their warm-up static cycle in CastleCourt. The guys are fundraising ahead for their gruelling Venice to Rome Cycle Challenge in just a few weeks time.”

“A lot of hard work and effort has already gone into their training and fundraising for the charity. We can’t thank them enough for choosing Autism NI and wish them the best of luck with the challenge.”

“All the money the cycling team raise will remain within Northern Ireland and go towards providing life-changing services for the 30,000 people affected by Autism here.”

With over 30,000 people in Northern Ireland affected by Autism and over 1,000 children being diagnosed every year, Autism has become the highest growing disability in Europe. Therefore fundraising support through partnerships such as this gives Autism NI the essential support to allow it to continue to provide vital services to those families and individuals living with Autism throughout NI. For further information visit


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