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If you need a great worthwhile excuse to get out on that rusty old bike before the cobwebs claim it (Give it a bit of oil first) or even that modern triathlon one now is your chance with the ‘Ride On’ For Raff Memorial Cycle taking place on Sunday the 25th of October from Lissummon.

Friends and family have come together to organise a memorial cycle to celebrate and remember Lissummon man Adrian Rafferty – aka Raff.

All set for the 'Ride On' for Raff charity cycle from Lissummon on Sunday the 25th of October. Included from left are Paul O'Hagan, Pat O'Hagan, Claudine Rafferty,  Niamh McCoy, Siofra McAleer, Jacqueline Rafferty, Brian Murtagh, Eugene O'Hagan, Barry Convery and Donal McCoy. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
All set for the 'Ride On' for Raff charity cycle from Lissummon on Sunday the 25th of October. Included from left are Paul O'Hagan, Pat O'Hagan, Claudine Rafferty, Niamh McCoy, Siofra McAleer, Jacqueline Rafferty, Brian Murtagh, Eugene O'Hagan, Barry Convery and Donal McCoy. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

Adrian was born and lived all his life in Lissummon, a small close knit community just outside Poyntzpass. Raff was well known to many, especially fellow cyclists from across Ireland and staff and customers of Haldane Fisher where he worked since leaving St Colmans College Newry.

The day before Adrian’s 45th birthday 22nd July 2013, Adrian was told he had a rare form of leukaemia. Adrian never gave up hope but sadly lost his battle on 21st September 2014.

If you are over 16 years old, you are kindly invited to jump on your bike on Sunday 25th October and come along to Lissummon Community Centre-Lesh Road BT35 6NF to take part in either a 20 mile OR 55 mile cycle. Cycle commences at 10am with registration from 9am.

There is also a 3 mile Family Walk for those who want to come and be part of the day. This commences at 10.30 with registration from 10am.

Refreshments will be available afterwards.

Entry fee – Cycle £15    Walk £5(Families £10).

All monies raised will go towards Adrian’s two chosen charities Friends of the Cancer Centre Belfast & Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research NI

Another date for your dairy is ‘Run For Raff’ on Dec 27th in Poyntzpass

You can keep up to date on both events on www.facebook.com/rideonforraff and you can also donate on the Just Giving page

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