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Collen Pole2Pole 2020 Cycle Fundraiser Raises Over €60,000 for Charities

Collen Construction came up with a novel way to operate its annual cycle, while also following local Covid-19 guidelines, raising an incredible €61,000 in the process for a number of charities.

Collen Charity Cycle

L to r: Alan Barnes, Project Manager, Collen Construction; John Egan, Executive, Safety & Training, CIF; Neil Collen, Chairman, Collen Construction; Tommy Drumm, Managing Director, Collen Construction; Loretto Dalton, Lighthouse Club; Orlagh Sweeney, Business Development Executive, Collen Construction.

Collen Charity Cycle

Over the past four years, the Collen Charity Cycle has been a great success, contributing to staff wellbeing and raising funds for local communities in which Collen operates.

Covid-19 presented several challenges for the Collen Cycle Committee. The end result was the Collen Pole2Pole Cycle, with over 260 Collen staff, clients, subcontractors and suppliers, as well as their families and friends in Ireland, Germany, Sweden UK, Crete, UAE, Italy, Hong Kong and the USA, completing the challenge over three days, while also staying apart. Overall, The goal was to collectively cycle 20,020kms, the total distance between the north and south pole.

The cycle took place across the weekend of the 25th to 27th September, with company Chairman Neil Collen and Managing Director Tommy Drumm taking part. Overall, the Collen teams cycled 25,562kms, raising a total of €61,000.

Benefitting Charities

Charities that benefited include, Aoibhneas, Lighthouse Club, KF Heroes in Sweden, Hilfe für krebskranke Kinder Frankfurt, and many more.

Neil Collen said of this year’s challenge, “In a normal year, we host many fundraising events. However, this year as a result of Covid-19, we had to cancel many of those activities and organised one really big event.

“It is truly amazing how much can be accomplished among likeminded individuals. The extraordinary happens when a group of people set out together to achieve a common goal.”

The Lighthouse Club

Loretto Dalton of the Lighthouse Club, one of the charities to receive a donation, said she was delighted to accept the cheque for €2,000.

“The Lighthouse Club is the construction industry’s charity. The money raised will stay in the industry, and our aim is that ‘no construction worker should be alone in a crisis’. The Lighthouse Club has a free 24/7 helpline (1800 939 122) for construction workers and their families, as well as a wellbeing app providing information, advice and guidance on many wellbeing topics including stress, anxiety, depression, anger and suicidal thoughts.”