A CARNMONEY man will be relying on pedal power to help raise vital funds for Irish Autism Action in a 600-mile charity challenge.
James Keenan is taking part in the Hearts and Minds Challenge, Big Red Bike Ride.
The eight-day challenge will see James pedalling from the northernmost point of Ireland at Malin Head in County Donegal to Mizen Head in County Cork - the most southerly point of the island.
The gruelling 600-mile cycle begins on Saturday, June 9.
James said: “Irish Autism Action does so much good work. People often think when they give money to a charity it goes straight to the children, but at Irish Autism Action I have seen it do so much more.
“It helps to provide vital support for carers and families, as well as helping to provide facilities and build schools.
“From the mild to the more extreme cases of autism it provides important support and it relies so much on the generosity of others to continue that good work.”
James is a crew member with Stena Line and a part-time Learning Support Assistant at Hill Croft School.
The 43-year-old will be taking part in the challenge alongside friends Colin Telford and Joddy Devlin, with the trio never having undertaken such a demanding challenge before.
“We have been training and putting in some long runs,” added James, “but this is the first time any of us have done anything like this before - we are complete novices.
“No doubt it will be a massive challenge, but there is so many supporting us - both along the way and through donations, that I am confident we will finish it.”
To support James visit his online donation page at www.charitygiving.com/jameskeenan