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The Great Volac Milk Ride 2017: Charity Cycle Ride for Cancer Research

Late last year, a team of Volac cyclists, support crew and guests travelled to Clonakilty in
southern Ireland for Volac’s ninth biennial charity cycling event. The thirty-nine intrepid riders completed the physical challenge of cycling more than 125 miles, over hills, through rain, wind and sunshine around County Cork, to raise funds in support of Cancer Research UK.

Milk ride

The Great Volac Milk Ride is a longstanding tradition within the business and it has given keen and talented Volac cyclists opportunities over the years to ride across Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, through the Netherlands, the Czech Republic and over the mountains of Italy.

An ambitious fundraising goal was set for this edition, particularly because each ride has always surpassed the previous in terms of charity giving. Riders for the 2014 event raised a total of around £19,000 in sponsorship, so the goal this time was particularly ambitious. But, thanks to the generosity of donors, sponsors and customers, the participants managed to achieve their target and collected over £20,000!

This amount, as on every other occasion, was generously match-funded by a contribution from The Betty Lawes Foundation. The Foundation is Volac’s own grant-giving charity that allows it to embrace causes that fulfil its vision of a healthier sustainable world. This contribution, increased the total raised for the benefit of Cancer Research UK to £41,128.80: a brilliant accomplishment for a very worthy cause.

Today, a cheque for £41,128.80 was presented to Cally Cardines, the local fundraising manager for Cancer Research UK by Jane Neville, the daughter of Betty Lawes. Jane remarked:

The Betty Lawes Foundation is delighted to match-fund the donations of riders and everyone who supported The Great Volac Milk Ride and is very pleased to make such a significant contribution to Cancer Research UK, a charity we hold dear. It is a great reflection of all the hard work, commitment (and pedalling power!) of many staff and   customers, particularly those based in Ireland. We look forward to supporting the next ride, which will be a special tenth anniversary event!

Cally gratefully received the cheque, thanking Volac and all involved:

On behalf of Cancer Research UK, I would like to say a huge thank you to Volac International Ltd. who have raised a fantastic amount of money for the charity! The distance travelled and money raised by employees of the company was amazing! The amount donated by Volac can help fund a microscope that’s powerful enough to see the inner workings of cells at nano-dimensions and small enough to fit on the scientists’ bench top. Such a piece of equipment is vital for the work carried out and our research and science simply would not be possible without amazing donations like this, so thank you.

The Great Volac Milk RideFrom L-R are pictured: Jane Neville (The Betty Lawes Foundation), Cally Cardines (Cancer Research UK), David Neville - Managing Director – Animal Nutrition (Volac), and  Jackie Bradley- Regional Product Manager – Animal Nutrition (Volac).

Ben holt

Ben Holt (Sales Ledger & Customer Care Coordinator), an avid cyclist and an enthusiastic participant, ably summarised his experience of the event as:

Stunning scenery and picture-postcard sea views made up the long days in the saddle. Although the weather threw all she had at us, regular feed stations (courtesy of our customers) allowed a moments pause to take in all the we were achieving. Great humour, team work, Irish Stout and Clonakilty Black Pudding made every day and enjoyable experience and one that I won’t forget in a hurry!