Irish comedians Eric Lalor and PJ Gallagher ride their motorcycles across the mother of all mother roads to raise funds for sick kids
On September 21st over 60 motorcyclists from all over Ireland left Dublin for Chicago where they began their 2,444 mile journey across America, and will ride up Sunset Boulevard 12 days later. Irish comedians PJ Gallagher and Joe.ie writer Eric Lalor have ‘leathered’ up to take on the mother of all mother roads to help this group raise over €250,000 for sick kids in Ireland.
This bi-annual trip has been running since 2002. It sees Temple Street’s motorcyclists travel through 9 states and 4 different time zones; from Illinois through Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and finally California. As they ride this wonderful road, always on their minds are the brave little patients in Temple Street that urgently need the best possible care that can be given to them.
Since it began this fundraising challenge has raised over €2.5 million for sick children and the impact of this trip is visible throughout the hospital. Temple Street’s big hearted bikers have helped to redevelop critical wards and purchase vital life-saving equipment. At the launch of this spectacular trip, Angela McNulty, Special Events Manager said, “It’s amazing to finally have PJ and Eric join the Irish 66 Team. Temple Street Children’s University Hospital’s Route 66 Challenge is truly a unique experience. Thank-you so much to each and every one of our bikers who have made such a difference to our little biker buddies in the hospital.”
Irish Comedian, PJ Gallagher was also at the launch and had this to say: “It gives me a sense of pride to be involved with the Route 66 Motorcycle Challenge for Temple Street. I see first-hand the wonderful work they do at the hospital. I’m in and out on a regular basis. I’m delighted to be involved and making a difference in some small way.”
Also speaking at the launch was Irish Comedian & Joe.ie writer Eric Lalor, “I am genuinely thrilled to be part of the Route 66 Motorcycle Challenge for Temple Street. It’s a charity very close to my heart and one I have worked with for quite a few years now. I’ve done lots of gigs for them and I know the amazing work that is done in there so it’s always a genuine pleasure to help out when I can. The Route 66 Challenge is something I have dreamt about and I still cannot believe I am going. I cannot wait to get started.”
Route 66 was the path of migrants, dreamers and desperadoes in the 1950′s and many of the route’s classic restaurants, gas stations and nostalgic landmarks are preserved just as they were. The people, the land and the scenery all lend to the mixture that makes this wonderful road so beautifully addictive. And what better way to see it than on a motorcycle.