Leinster legend Malcolm O’Kelly is urging supporters to sign and cycle to Electric Picnic 2011. Combine a fantastic feel-good 80km cycle with Ireland’s original Music and Arts festival & raise vital funds for Temple Street Children’s Hospital…

2 Wheels Tour De Picnic returns this year and organizers are hoping to break the record set last year! Over 700 cycling enthusiasts both expert and beginner gathered together at Tallaght Stadium to make the 80km ride from Dublin to Stradbally. With Tour De Picnic 2011, we are expecting to smash last year’s record where we raised over €;250,000 and with registration now underway…Temple Street needs YOU!

In participating in one of the most exciting cycling events in Ireland you will be fundraising for a very worthy charity, Temple Street Children’s University Hospital. All you have to do is raise €;500 and in return festival organizers will provide you with a weekend camping ticket to the event, as well as remaining true to the eco friendly philosophy of the Picnic. Oh….and did we mention how much fun you’ll have?

The 80km cycle ride will leave Dublin on the morning of Friday 2nd September, with friendly experts from ‘2Wheels Cycles’ traveling with you all the way to advise and lead the groups on a protected cycle route along the quiet, scenic back roads to Stradbally. There will be mechanics on hand to help with any problematic bikes and ensure that everyone arrives in Stradbally safely and in time to enjoy the first beats from the main stage at Electric Picnic. Avoid traffic tail backs and enjoy the lovely countryside and fresh air en route to the festival. Your bags and tents for the weekend will be transported for you and will be waiting there for collection when you arrive at the specially constructed and secure bicycle parking site on the Stradbally Estate.

In 2010 Tour De Picnic raised funds for Temple Street’s Neurosurgery Appeal.

Temple Streetis the first port of call for tens of thousands of children every year suffering from every kind of illness and injury imaginable. Pediatric neurosurgery deals with patients suffering from diseases or injuries of the brain or spine. These include patients with brain tumours, brain haemorrhage and spinal malformations or injuries as well as the treatment of some forms of cerebral palsy and epilepsy.

Temple Street Children’s University Hospital is responsible for carrying out all Neurosurgery on neo-natal babies and children up to the age of 6 in Ireland. This also includes the removal of brain tumours in children under 6.

This year’s Tour De Picnic 2011 will focus on raising funds for a special high dependency isolation unit for children and babies who are extremely vulnerable to infection.

Angela McNulty Special Events Manager said:We are truly honoured and delighted to have Tour De Picnic on our calendar of events”, we value our partnership with POD Promotions and 2Wheels, and especially all the participants who go the extra mile fundraising for our very special hospital Temple Street.

Log onto www.tourdepicnic.ie for further details on how you can register.