A YOUNG Co. Waterford man from a farming background and his friend are geared up to cycle home from Sydney across 28 countries to raise much needed funds for two children’s charities.
Paddy Flynn from Knockalavalla, Carrick-on-Suir, and friend Daithi Harrison from Tipperary, will cycle from Sydney to Dublin and run an ultra-marathon in all 28 countries to raise money for Medical Research Foundation Crumlin and the Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation. Their odyssey will kick off on August 4.
“Paddy has been working in Sydney for nine years laying light rail tracks for rail travel and is intending to return home here to our dairy farm to make his living here,” said his father Michael who, with his wife Mary, has 110ac and are milking 64 cows.
“Paddy hopes to go full-time farming if the figures stack up and is open to looking at all options, from increasing herd size to maybe even getting a little outside employment if the figures show that is what is needed to support himself and his father and
“An income increase is needed for us all to be supported by the farm.”
Paddy and Daithi, their 30s, agreed to cycle back to Ireland and do an ultra-marathon in every country on their way home.
They decided that they would begin their journey outside the door of Sydney Children’s hospital in Randwick and the adventure will end at the doors of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin.
Paddy Flynn came up with the idea for the trip two years ago and the duo have been ‘chipping away’ on it ever since.
“They expect the journey across three continents to last 12-18 months.”