Inspirational Dublin man to cycle 100km to fundraise for Childhood Cancer Foundation

By Emma Nevin

A Dublin man will be cycling 100 kilometres from Dublin to Newry on October 3 to fundraise for the Childhood Cancer Foundation.

Jonathan Kenna, who lives in Ballymun, is a new dad to a seven-week-old baby girl and said the fundraiser is his way of "giving back".

Speaking to Dublin Live, Jonathan discussed what inspired him to do the cycle.

He said: "I cycle a lot myself and recently at the Spire I came across these little golden bikes and they were actually located all around Dublin.

"There was little notes on them that said "my rider used to take me to the park, but now I'm in hospital and chemotherapy starts".

Aneta Nowak-Sajdyk, a mum of a young girl battling leukaemia puts the golden bikes around Dublin every September to highlight childhood cancer awareness month.

Jonathan said that being a new dad gave him the "push" to do the fundraiser.

He said: "When I read that, it hit home to me. Because I cycle a lot and now I'm a father to a new born baby it gave me a push and I decided I wanted to help out in anyway I could.

"I was sitting at home thinking, what can I actually do?

"Because I cycle, and because there's bikes around raising awareness, locked up in different places, I came up with the cycle to do the 100k from Dublin to Newry.

"I've always wanted to do something for charity over the past year or two. Because I cycle and because I'm a father now, it's a personal thing in a way. It's my way of giving back.

On October 3rd Jonathan will begin his 100km journey from his house in Ballymun at 8am and will travel to Canal Court Hotel in Newry. He expects it to take approximately six hours.

A support car will accompany Jonathan and his fiancée Dione will be travelling with him to film some content for the fundraiser's Facebook page.

Anyone who would like to make a donation to the fundraiser can do so here.

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