96 Irish “Get their kicks on Route 66 for Temple Street Children’s University Hospital”
Big Hearted Irish Motorcyclist’s to ride across the mother of all mother roads to raise funds for sick children
On September 22nd over 66 motorcyclists from all over Ireland will departed Dublin for Chicago where they began their 2,444 mile journey across America, riding up Sunset Boulevard 12 days later, the Irish 66ers rolled down the Santa Monica Pier escorted by the Santa Monica Police Department on Monday, October 3, 2016. The entourage totalling 96 strong leathered up and took to the mother of all mother roads to help this group raise funds for sick kids in Ireland. Five participating from Whitewater: Mark Keating Executive Director, Liz Nangle MD & husband Jimmy, Paul Picard, Projects Manager & Mark Reddy Technical Service Engineer raised €40,000.
This bi-annual trip has been running since 2002. It sees Temple Street’s Irish 66er’s travel through 9 states and 4 different time zones; from Illinois through Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and finally California. As they ride this wonderful road, always on their minds are the brave little patients in Temple Street that urgently need the best possible care that can be given to them.
Since it began this fundraising challenge has raised over €3 million for sick children in Ireland and the impact of this trip is visible throughout the hospital. Temple Street’s big hearted Irish 66ers have helped to redevelop critical wards and purchase vital life-saving equipment. Angi McNulty, Special Events Manager said, “It is with a huge sense of pride that I welcome the Irish 66er 2016 Team on board for this year’s challenge. We have wonderful support throughout America, especially in Chicago where we are hugely supported by Chicago Emerald Society’s Tom Cody, Cook County Sheriff’s Department and Chicago Police Department. We have made wonderful friends for life who have journeyed with us for the past 16 years. Temple Street Children’s University Hospital’s Route 66 Challenge is truly a unique experience. Thank-you so much to each and every one of our bikers who have made such a difference to our little biker buddies in the hospital.”
The Whitewater Foundation led by Mark Keating have been long term supporters of Temple Street “It gives me a sense of pride to be involved with the Route 66 Motorcycle Challenge for Temple Street, and I am proud that Whitewater are represented by 5 of its employees this year on the fundraising challenge we are delighted to go the extra mile for Temple Street Children’s University Hospital. I see first-hand the wonderful work they do at the hospital. I am in and out on a regular basis. We are delighted to be involved and making a difference”.