Cork hotel staff travel to Dublin and return in six hours for fundraising spinathon

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Staff at a hotel in Cork have cycled over 500 km in recent days, raising much needed funds for a very important cause.

Trigon Hotels cycled the distance from Cork to Dublin and back in a six-hour spinathon in Cork city center last Friday, raising over € 1,000 for the Cope Foundation.

Members of the hotel team borrowed static bikes on Harley Street, courtesy of UCC’s Mardyke Arena, cycling 576 km and burning a combined total of over 14,000 calories.

A team of 40 people participated in the event, including cyclists and bucket pickers. The Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Colm Kelleher was among the supporters to encourage the participants.

Lord Mayor, Cllr Colm Kelleher said: “It is wonderful to see this collaboration with Trigon Hotels and Cope Foundation and Ability @ work.

“Inclusiveness is imperative in the workplace and it’s great to see Trigon Hotels have such a close relationship with the Cope Foundation.

“It has been difficult for charities to organize fundraising events since the start of the pandemic due to the inability to organize and host their usual events and so it is really important to support them. charities and businesses when organizing events. “

The Cope Foundation is Trigon Hotels’ charity of choice for 2021. The organization supports more than 2,800 children and adults with intellectual disabilities and / or autism in the City and County of Cork to live “Your Life, Your Way ”.

Aaron Mansworth, Managing Director of Trigon Hotels, said they have been working in partnership with the Cope Foundation and its Ability @ Work program since last year.

He said: “We are very proud of our collaboration with the Cope Foundation as it allows us to create employment opportunities for the people supported by the organization.



Members of the hotel team rode static bikes on Harley Street, courtesy of UCC’s Mardyke Arena.

“Today is about having fun, but it’s also about starting a conversation about inclusion. I know the money raised today will fund exciting projects that help people live their lives their own way and continue to support a more inclusive workplace. “

The UCC Mardyke Arena provided the spin bikes, Wayne Falvey, Marketing Director, said: “The UCC Mardyke Arena is delighted to partner with Trigon Hotels and support the spinathon to benefit the Cope Foundation.

“This fundraiser will not only help raise much needed funds, but it will raise awareness of the great work being done at The Cope Foundation and help achieve a more inclusive Cork.”

Jo-Anne Higgins, Head of Communications and Fundraising, Cope Foundation, said: “Trigon Hotels share the Cope Foundation’s vision for a more inclusive Cork, so our collaboration makes a lot of sense.

“The Spinathon is one of many fundraising initiatives developed by Trigon Hotels as part of the partnership and we are excited to be working together to raise funds and raise awareness of inclusive practices. Partnerships like this are an integral part of our work in the Cork community. ”.


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