Culloville man’s epic US cycle raises more than £30k for KBRT

October 17, 2016

“Two Wheels 2 New York” cycling duo Darren Rowland and Jamie Malone have handed over a cheque for more than £30,000 to the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust.  The incredible amount was raised from an epic 4,000 mile coast to coast US cycle undertaken by the pair earlier this year.

Culloville man Darren set off on his two-wheeled trip from San Francisco to New York on 3rd April to raise funds for, and awareness of, the Newry based repatriation charity.  For more than 3,000 miles Darren cycled solo through intense heat, storms, deserted countryside and major cities, meeting a host of colourful characters along the way and being treated to the best of American and Irish hospitality.  The intrepid cyclist gained some much welcome company when pal Jamie joined him for the last 800 miles of the monumental cycle and the pair couldn’t have been happier to cross the finish line together on 23rd June, marking the end of what was an unforgettable journey for them both.

With each new city or state along the way, it seemed another fundraiser was organised in aid of KBRT, with fundraising events also taking place this side of the pond in aid of the renowned repatriation trust.

Darren and Jamie were delighted to present a cheque for the grand total of £30,074 to KBRT co-founder Eithne Bell last week.  Extending their gratitude to everyone who supported them throughout their challenge, Darren said a “massive thanks.”

“For everyone who supported our fundraising efforts in Ireland, the people who attended, the people who helped us out and local companies who supported our fundraising campaign. To all the people across The States who put us up, put us in touch and held fundraising events at short notice when they heard about the charity. All these people we can now say are our friends forever,” he added, before thanking both of their families for their unconditional support “from day one” in organising fundraising events, to helping with the logistics of the trip and “more importantly their support throughout our cycling days.

“They were always at the other end of the phone for help and moral support on the tough days and a listening ear for all the great stories that we got to experience on our travels,” said the Culloville man.

The proceeds of their amazing 78 day journey were gratefully received by Mrs Bell on behalf of the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust – who said that the “fantastic” amount would be used to help countless families all over Ireland to bring home the bodies of their loved ones who have died abroad.