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Irish charity cycle ride secures US corporate sponsorship

Howard Lake | 14 April 2011 | News

A local Irish cancer charity has secured €20,000 in sponsorship for its fundraising cycle across America. American electronics company, Flextronics, which has a base in Cork, has signed a €20,000 sponsorship deal with Team Youghal, to enable it to take part in the 4,835km Race Across America.
The 10-man cycling team, Team Youghal, is raising money and awareness for the Emer Casey Foundation. Emer Casey died aged 28 from ovarian cancer in 2006.
They will race across the continent starting from Oceanside, California on 18 June, and finishing in Annapolis, Maryland, about two weeks later. This makes it the world’s long endurance bike race. It is one third longer than the Tour de France, and unlike that there are no rest days.
Team Youghal has raised more than €500,000 for the foundation’s research into ovarian and uterine cancer. Team Youghal leader Ger Flanagan, told the Irish Examiner that without the support of Flextronics they would not have been able to take on such an ambitious event.
Team Youghal has also secured support from other US organisations including the Irish US Council, Enterprise Ireland’s US division, The Irish Consulate General in New York, The American Chamber of Commerce, The Trinity Foundation, The Discovary Consortium, Matheson Ormsby Prentice Solicitors and The Cork Association in New York.