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Friday, 30th April 2021

Tour de Mace static cycle to raise funds for Down Syndrome

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Jewel Akber who runs four MACE Stores in County Louth, three of them in Drogheda.

Jewel Akber is inviting customers to join the 49 staff members and 10 managers from his four MACE stores in County Louth in their “Tour de MACE” static cycle store event in May and June to raise funds for Down Syndrome Ireland.

On each Friday and Saturday, from Saturday next, May 7th, one of Jewel’s stores will run the event whereby staff and customers can donate 15 minutes to 1 hour of their time to cycle and contribute much needed funds to MACE’s charity partner, Down Syndrome Ireland.

Customers and staff can sign up beforehand by calling into the store to select their cycling time slot or else they can sign up on the day.

All events will be fully Covid-19 compliant with the static bikes located outside the store away from the entrance, social distancing will be strictly adhered to and each cyclist will be isolated when they are cycling. The bikes and their surrounds will be thoroughly sanitised between each cyclist.

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Jewel’s four MACE stores taking part in the event are:

  • MACE Omeath, on May 21st and 22nd
  • MACE Wheaton Hall, Drogheda on June 4th and 5th
  • MACE Black Bull, Drogheda on May 7th and 8th
  • MACE West Street, Drogheda on June 18th and 19th

Each Tour de MACE makes a real and lasting difference to children with Down syndrome and their families as funds are transferred directly to the charity. The campaign is an integral source of funding for the development of Down Syndrome Ireland’s nationwide support services.

Jewel said: “We hope you will support us and Down Syndrome Ireland by joining in on the Tour de MACE excitement at our MACE stores. We want to encourage as many of our customers to join in if they feel comfortable doing so. We will be adhering to the strictest Covid-19 sanitising protocols but if customers simply want to donate to this great charity without cycling that is great too.”

Since adopting Down Syndrome Ireland as MACE’s official charity partner in 2017, MACE Retailers have raised nearly €200,000 for the worthy charity.

This year, for the first time ever, MACE renewed the partnership for a further two years with all funds raised going to support a new online education course for every adult aged 29+ with Down Syndrome in Ireland.

‘Ability Online’ will provide support to adults aged 29+ with Down syndrome who are struggling with isolation and job losses as a result of Covid-19. The course, which will run every 10 weeks, can be delivered remotely and combines online tasks and group Zoom discussions.

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