An incredible 97 big-hearted motorcyclists from all over Ireland completed their 2,444 mile, twelve-day journey across America, finishing up on Sunset Boulevard earlier this month. The entourage put on their leathers and took on the mother of all mother roads to help raise over €250,000 for sick kids in Temple Street.
This bi-annual trip has been running since 2002. It saw Temple Street’s Irish 66er’s travel through nine states and four different time zones; from Illinois through Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and finally California. As they rode this wonderful road, always on their minds were 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 €3.5 million for sick children in Ireland and the impact of this trip is visible throughout the hospital. Temple Street’s big hearted Irish 66ers have helped to redevelop critical wards and purchase vital life-saving equipment.
Angi McNulty, Special Events Manager says, “We have made wonderful friends for life who have journeyed with us for the past 16 years and we are hugely proud of this amazing event. Temple Street Children’s University Hospital’s Route 66 Challenge is truly a unique motorcycling experience. Thank-you so much to each and every one of our Irish 66er’s who have made such a difference to our little biker buddies in the hospital.”
Heartfelt thanks and appreciation must go to the wonderful serving officers within all police units across America from Chicago to Los Angeles and in-between and indeed the communities, towns and cities who came out to meet and greet our very proud entourage of Irish 66ers.
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.