William Fry Partners Muster Up for the Mustard Seed Communities Cycle from Dublin to Paris
William Fry Mustard Seed Cycle Team
William Fry Partners Adam Synnott, Ivor Banim, Leo Moore and Martin Phelan recently participated in the FAI/Mustard Seed Communities Dublin2Paris Euro 2016 Cycle Challenge.

William Fry Partners Adam Synnott, Ivor Banim, Leo Moore and Martin Phelan recently participated in the FAI/Mustard Seed Communities Dublin2Paris Euro 2016 Cycle Challenge. Mustard Seed Communities (MSC) is a charity dedicated to caring for disabled and abandoned children in Jamaica, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Zimbabwe.

The William Fry quartet raised a brilliant €18,000, of which €5,000 was contributed by William Fry. It is hoped that when donations close, the Dublin2Paris cycle will raise significantly in excess of €150,000 for a new school in Zimbabwe.

And it was no mean feat. The cycle of 704km, took place over five days in June, kicking off at the launch event in Dublin's Aviva stadium and finishing with a triumphant roll into Paris just in time for Ireland's first game of Euro16 against Sweden. 70 cyclists incorporating teams from Investec, Salesforce, IG and Chill Insurance to name but a few, took to the roads of Ireland and France to complete the cycle. However, despite the long, arduous days, the evenings brought some well earned downtime and craic, Irish style.

The cyclists' peloton —along with their outriders and support vehicles—weaved its way from Dublin through Rosslare, Cherbourg, Caen, Le Mans and on to Paris. The Dublin2Paris cycle concluded with a wonderful reception hosted by the Ambassador at the Irish Embassy near the magnificent L'Arc de Triumph.

Commenting on the distance, Martin Phelan said "I think recognising the fact that the 704 km as an individual is a tough challenge, physically and mentally but as a team, it was achievable and enjoyable". 

"During the long days in the saddle it was easy to forget why we decided to put ourselves through this, but once we made it to Paris, and received a great welcome from the Ambassador and other wellwishers, there was a huge sense of achievement and realisation that we have contributed to a great cause" noted Adam Synnott. 

Leo Moore said "the entire experience was fun, tough and rewarding in equal measures; a real sense of personal achievement but more importantly great to be able to do a little for those who need a lot".

On the trip as a whole, Ivor Banim stated that "it was great to be away with colleagues and meet new like minded people on a unique endeavour for an amazing cause".

Photos of the Dublin2Paris Cycle can be seen here and Martin Phelan's interview discussing the Team's endeavours on NewsTalk can be heard here.

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