Friday 25th May 2012
IMPACT’s central executive committee (CEC) has agreed make a donation of €2,500 to the Irish Paralympics team’s fundraising campaign. The team, which boasts several world champions, will compete in the Paralympic games in London at the end of the summer.
The CEC is also encouraging IMPACT branches around the country to offer their support by making a donation too.
IMPACT official Denis Rohan, whose son Mark is the 2011 hand cycling world cup winner, is a volunteer with the squad. “Ireland is sending a very gifted and accomplished squad to the games in London this year. The most immediate challenge is to make sure the team has the necessary resources to compete. That’s why we approached IMPACT, and the CEC’s support will make a big difference to the team. If IMPACT branches can do the same it will really help the team make the vital preparations to compete with the best in the world.”
Mark Rohan is not the only member of the Irish team to achieve recognition as an elite athlete on the world stage. Catherine Walsh, an IMPACT member, won the UCI Paracycling track world championship in Los Angeles in February, along with her co-pilot Francine Meehan.
Colin Lynch won gold at the same event, adding to his rainbow jersey as world champion in the time trial event at the world championships in Denmark in 2011. The men’s tandem team of James Brown and Damian Shaw picked up silver at the same competition.
Donations from branches can be sent to IMPACT, Nerney’s Court, Dublin 1. Mark them “Irish Paralympic Team” on the envelope. Cheques, which should be made payable to IMPACT, will be receipted.