Cycling for global citizenship and sustainable development

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Nick Doran and Bobby McCormack at the start of their journey.

IT’S a good distance from the University of Limerick and Mary Immaculate College to Killarney, especially if you’re doing it by bike.

However a couple of committed activists are determined to practice what they preach to highlight the importance and relevance of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Development Prospectus chief executive Bobby McCormack and Saolta Programme Manager Nick Doran, set off separately from Limerick and Waterford to engage with universities, adult education services, community groups and local elected representatives along the way.

Saolta are strategic partners in delivering the United Nations message about global citizenship and sustainable development.

“We want to spread the word about these issues,” Nick told the Limerick Post on his Limerick leg of the journey.

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“We are meeting with councillors, adult educators, people who can be influential in getting these important issues talked about. It’s about establishing the issues in the education sector.”

Nick says he hasn’t done any particular training for the journey, although “I run a bit and cycle. Five years ago, myself and my wife, Steph Russell, cycled from Korea to Ireland so I suppose you could say that prepared me.”

Bobby McCormack added that the Roadshow is a great way to increase awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals while  also providing quality educational opportunities for people to participate in.

The trip is supported by Irish Aid, Coalition 2030 and EirGrid with the two intrepid cyclists due to finish their trip in Killarney this Friday. 

The Sustainable Development Goals are a set of global commitments to end poverty, protect the planet and promote peace, justice and equality by 2030.