Cyclists urged to get on their bikes for NSPCC Northern Ireland

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CYCLISTS across Northern Ireland are being urged to sign up to a mammoth challenge in aid of NSPCC Northern Ireland next month.

SQS Tech Team Challenge

Rob McConnell (42) who is the global head of technology services for the SQS Group company is the driving force behind the SQS Tech Team Challenge, which first took place in 2015. By bringing together his tech sector peers the event has already raised thousands of pounds helping NSPCC in its fight for every childhood. This year’s event will take place on Saturday 12th May and as well as his tech industry peers, Rob is hoping businesses across Northern Ireland and individual cyclists will sign up.

The SQS Cycle Challenge, now in its third year, involves a 20km and 80km route which will see riders journey along the Co Antrim coastal stretch, passing through the villages of the Glenarm and Broughshane. The businessman and long-term supporter of the charity who is putting the finishing touches to this year’s challenge said: “The implications of technology on this generation of children are profound. With the many benefits come substantial dangers that present all our families and communities with significant challenges.

“It was this that gave me the motivation to leverage my relationships in the Northern Ireland Tech Sector to host an event to raise awareness and much needed funding for NSPCC Northern Ireland. I hope we can build on the success of previous years tech team cycle challenges that have made a real difference on the ground. I believe we can reach the £100,000 target through this tech cycle initiative.

Continued Fundraising

To date Rob’s endeavours have raised more than £50,000, which has helped enable the NSPCC to deliver their Speak Out, Stay Safe message to 60,521 primary school children in Northern Ireland, teaching them in an age appropriate way about abuse and how to keep themselves safe.

And Rob has also been honoured by the NSPCC for his fundraising efforts. He is a regional winner in the charity’s 2018 Childhood Champion Awards, where he was named the event volunteer of the year for Northern Ireland.

Titanic Cycle Club which has more than 180 members will also support the event, which has the hashtag #sqscyclechallenge. To sign up click here or call 028 9035 1135.

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