Cllr Yore launches Cycling Without Age initiative in Louth
Independent Councillor Maeve Yore launched the Cycling Without Age (CWA) event with Clara Clark from Cycling Without Age Ireland at Louth’s Age Friendly Conference in Dundalk yesterday.
The CWA initiative was first launched by the inspiring Clara and her husband Charles in Blackrock, Co Dublin in 2017 and Cllr Yore first saw it on their Facebook page in January 2018.
She approached Rodd Bond from Dundalk IT, Netwell/Casala and Louth Age Friendly Chairperson in February 2018 to explore the possibilities of bringing CWA to Louth.
Rodd, Jason Devine from Dundalk IT and Cllr Yore went on a road trip last May to meet Clara and James from St Joseph’s Nursing Home in Shankill, Co Dublin to see CWA in action. Since then they have worked collaboratively and in partnership with Cuchulainn Cycling Club, Clara, mursing homes and day care centres across Louth to bring CWA to fruition. They have also recently got support from Louth W.A.T.C.H (Walking and Tandem Cycling for Health) club members who have also volunteered to be pilot cyclists.
Cllr Yore said: “We now have three trishaws for Louth in Dundalk, Drogheda and Ardee. I truly feel this will help alleviate the loneliness that many of our senior citizens experience and transform their lives whilst forging friendships between them and our volunteer cyclists across Louth.”
Cycling Without Age have 20 trishaws across nine Counties in Ireland. The Independent Councillor has expressed her sincere thanks to Rodd, Jason, Cuchulainn Cycling Club and Clara from CWA Ireland for their enthusiasm, support and commitment to this life changing project.
She concluded by saying: “I hope we can expand this initiative to include those living independently in our communities in the coming years.”