‘SPIN it Out to Fight it Out’, a three-hour Spinning event in support of the Limerick branch of Multiple Sclerosis Ireland was held at the University of Limerick Sport Arena to coincide with World MS Day last week.
The event was organised by Kevin Saude, an experienced Spinning instructor and UL student, who himself was diagnosed with MS in 2015 and underwent an eight-month rehabilitation programme.
Kevin is continuing his battle with the disease and takes inspiration from his mother who passed away from progressive MS in 2015. Kevin’s younger sister also has the condition.
“My MS diagnosis has never been a sentence. In fact, it has empowered me to show others, that exercising can be a great weapon to slow down the progression of the illness and give people living with MS a beacon of hope,” he explained.
Kevin’s background as a Spinning instructor was the driving force to organise the fundraiser for MS Ireland and the event received the enthusiastic support of his fellow instructors at UL.
UL Sport Arena group fitness coordinator Carmell DeMello explains: “The determination displayed by Kevin had also come about, as he had been on the receiving end of immense kindness, shown by the Limerick community, including a fundraising event under the name ‘Run a Lap for Kevin’, in September 2015.
“Kevin has always been very adamant that when his health recovered, he wanted to give back to Limerick, and that is why he came up with the plan to ‘Spin It Out to Fight it’,” she explained.