Get on your bike this month for COPD support
2017-06-15 12:32:00 -
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COPD Support Ireland is renewing its appeal to Metro Éireann readers to support the forthcoming ‘Get Breathless for COPD’ Cycle Challenge.

Led by world-renowned cycling champion Seán Kelly, the two-day cycle from Galway to Dublin supported by A Menarini takes place from 23-24 June over two stages of approximately 100km each.

The challenge has two main aimsL to raise awareness of COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and to help raise much-needed funds for COPD Support Ireland’s range of services, including our expanding network of local support groups countrywide and exercise rehabilitation classes for people with COPD.

Perhaps better known as bronchitis or emphysema, COPD is estimated to affect up to 380,000 people in Ireland, but with many remaining undiagnosed and untreated. Symptoms of COPD include persistent cough with phlegm, chest infections and breathlessness. Early diagnosis is important in ensuring a better quality of life and that people maintain their health for longer.

Whether an occasional or a seasoned rider, this cycle is suitable for cyclists of all levels, and participants can take part on one or both days. The challenge also offers the opportunity to explore our fantastic countryside, to get a bit of exercise and, of course, to get some cycling tips from a master.

The cycle is supported by a crew of guides and support vehicles with professional mechanics and first aid medics on hand.

If you’d like get on your bike for COPD Support Ireland, you can find out more information and register at www.give2go.ie/events. Early registration is encouraged to avoid disappointment!

Damien Peelo
executive director, COPD Support Ireland
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