3rd November 2017 TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN
Following an extensive review and discussions by ourselves in Down Syndrome Ireland, we regretfully announce that we have made the very difficult decision that we will no longer be holding our annual RevUp4DSI charity motorcycle run that takes place each May Bank holiday weekend. This is purely a business decision, as the fundraising return on investment for this event is no longer sustainable by the organisation. In addition, our limited fundraising resources are stretched and we just don’t have the manpower to plan and manage such a large scale annual event. As you can imagine, this has been a most difficult decision for the DSI Team to make and we really do hope that you understand our reasons for making it.
On behalf of all our members and staff, we would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of the RevUp participants, volunteers and sponsors for their incredible support over the past 12 years. In that time, over €1.6 million has been raised for Down Syndrome Ireland, an amazing amount of money that has directly benefitted the lives of countless children and adults with Down Syndrome, and their families throughout Ireland.
We would also like to sincerely thank The Dead Ducks Motorcycle Club, a group of motorcyclists set up specifically to liaise with Down Syndrome Ireland, who put in a huge amount of work over the years and helped make RevUp4DSI what it was. Going forward, The Dead Ducks have decided to organise a separate new event for a related cause in memory of our late colleague and friend, Aidan Lynam, who started RevUp4DSI back in 2006. Details of this new event and its chosen benefactor will be posted on the Dead Ducks Facebook page, so please keep an eye out for it.
Finally, I would like to thank you all for Sharing the Journey with us!
Chief Executive Officer