Fundraiser: To raise money for cancer care, Tony Savage cycled 500 kilometers from London to Paris this summer, in what he calls “a most rewarding personal challenge and cycling experience.”
The June 22-25 tour took him from the Crystal Palace to the Eiffel Tower, as part of a larger group of riders that so far has raised £360,000 for 66 charities. It was Savage’s first short-period long-distance cycle, although he picked up the sport ten years ago after the “wear and tear of rugby.”
The Irishman is raising money for the Haus Omega in Hamm, which provides palliative care for terminally ill cancer patients and counselling for their families, he explains.
A facility management consultant who moved to the Grand Duchy in the 1970s, Savage is part of the “Kick Cancer Into Touch” group, which spun out of the Rugby Club of Luxembourg. “It was set-up by a group of friends all affected by the loss of a loved one, and decided to do something to help those that go through this painful process.”
“I lost my wife to cancer ten years ago. One of the principle drivers for me is that by supporting Haus Omega, I will be able to support others going through similar painful experiences.”
To date, he has received pledges of more than 5,000 euro in support of his London-Paris ride, and he is hoping to reach a total of 10,000 euro by the time this fundraising drive ends on September 30.
“It’s important to know that all donations go directly to Haus Omega,” adds Savage, who personally paid for all his expenses surrounding the ride.