Cycle for Brother Kevin
Cycyle for Brother Kevin (formerly 'The Great Escape') is a charity cycle event established in 2010 to raise funds for The Capuchin Day Centre for Homeless in Dublin City Centre. Participants leave Dublin City Centre on Friday morning, overnight in Drumshambo, Co. Leitrim, and arrive in Belmullet, Co. Mayo at about 6pm.
300 Kilometres, 2 days and alot of craic along the way.
Cycle for Brother Kevin was first established as 'The Great Escape' in 2010 by friends Fergal Flynn and Paul Kelly. Both had a keen interest in cycling, an awareness of the good work of The Capuchin Day Centre, and in the town of Belmullet, Co. Mayo! What started as an informal group of 6 cyclists in 2010 has now grown into a massively sucessful organised event which will be limited to 100 cyclists in 2017 with the ultimate aim of raising more funds for this worthy cause.
The cycle leaves from Bow Street, Dublin 7 on the morning of Friday 15 June 2018, overnights in Drumshambo, Co. Leitrim and arrives in Belmullet, Co.Mayo at approximately 18:00 hrs on Saturday 16 June 2018. A function for the participants will be held on the night at The Broadhaven Bay Hotel in Belmullet.
The Capuchin Day Centre is run as an apostolate (work) of the Irish Capuchin Franciscan Order and since the late 1960's has operated a food and day care facility for people who are homeless or in need. From humble beginnings of providing soup and sandwiches for about 50 people, they have grown to be the biggest food centre in Dublin City. In keeping with the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi, they do not charge for any of their services. They operate an 'Open Door' policy and ask no questions.
The challenge for the Capuchin Day Centre is that following the collapse of the Banks in September 2008, their numbers have doubled and they now have about 200 men, women and children for breakfast and over 450 for dinner each day. Apart from the people who eat on the premises, every Wednesday they distribute up to 1,600 food parcels for people on the poverty threshold who find it difficult to manage on social welfare benefits and need help to feed their families.
The Capuchin Day Centre is a registered charity, number CHY3765, and is based at 29 Bow Street, Dublin 7.