Fujitsu Encourage Cyclists To ‘Hop On’ Their Bikes For Annual ‘Fun Run of the Glens (F.R.O.G)’ in aid of Cancer Focus NI and Simon Community

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Cyclists of all abilities are being invited to saddle up for the annual Fun Run of the Glens (F.R.O.G) charity cycle which will follow a range of routes throughout the scenic Glens of Antrim on Saturday 14th June.


Now in its 9th year, the event has been going from strength to strength and has now attracted the support of Fujitsu, one of Europe’s leading IT systems, services and products companies. With their involvement, organisers hope to attract a record number of cyclists which will in turn help them smash the £100,000 barrier for the total amount raised for local charities. All money raised from this year’s cycle will support the work of both Cancer focus Northern Ireland and the Simon Community.


The event is specifically designed to suit cyclists of all abilities and is organised across four routes throughout the Glens of Antrim ranging from a leisurely 25miles to a more serious 100 mile trip. All participants who raise a minimum amount for the charities will also receive a special commemorative cycle top. 


Speaking about the event Chris James, Fujitsu’s Delivery Executive for Northern Ireland said; “We are delighted to be able to support this fantastic event and hope that together we can make this a record breaking year in all regards. Coming as it does off the back of the Giro d’Italia’s visit to Northern Ireland and indeed following some of the same routes, we expect cycle fever to be still in the air. We hope that we can attract well over 200 keen and amateur cyclists to join the cycle to raise much needed funds for two great local charities. At Fujitsu we already have a team in training and already the fundraising efforts are well underway.”


Speaking about their involvement Suzi McIlwain, Community Fundraising Officer, Cancer Focus Northern Ireland said;


“Cancer Focus Northern Ireland is absolutely delighted to be involved in F.R.O.G for a third year. This cycling challenge grows in success every year and we’re sure that by teaming up with both Fujitsu and the Simon Community that this year’s FROG will be the biggest and the best yet! Every year in Northern Ireland, Cancer Focus provides care and support to 4,000 people living with cancer, including 180 children whose parent is living with a diagnosis. Our cancer prevention team visits 250 primary schools, delivers community health events to 20,000 people and helps 800 people to stop smoking every year. We also fund pioneering research at Queen’s University Belfast, investing £300,000 to £400,000 annually into developing tests for, treatment of and prevention of breast cancer. Work like this is only possible because our supporters fundraise for us, so we’re asking everyone to hop on their bike and start training and fundraising for FROG 2014!”


Speaking at today’s launch, John Tully from Simon Community Northern Ireland’s Corporate Fundraising Committee, welcomed both the event and the joint fundraising initiative.


“This is a great example of a major business and two local charities coming together for a fantastic event that will raise much needed funds for our life changing and lifesaving work.  Simon Community relies on local support and donations so this event can be a real life-line for vulnerable individuals and families across Northern Ireland.  I look forward to taking part in the event myself and I would encourage anyone to get involved, get cycling and get fundraising.”


Further details about the event and how to get involved can be found on the F.R.O.G facebook page www.facebook.com/FROGRun