IRELAND’S CRICKET STARS William Porterfield and Gary Wilson managed to raise almost £30,000 from their charity bike ride between Cork and Belfast last week.
The pair’s journey of 380 miles saw them start off in the Rebel County, with overnight stays in Kilkenny, Dublin, Armagh and Derry before finally making it to Belfast on Saturday.
Wilson and Porterfield were riding for Cancer Research UK, a charity close to the former’s heart after the sad death of his mother earlier in the year.
“I think everyone’s family has been touched by the disease and I guess that’s why everyone has been so generous,” said Wilson.
“I am so grateful to the very many people who contributed – and, of course, particularly to William. His was a mark of true friendship.”
The Irish internationals also had a message of support from one of the biggest names in world cricket – Indian star Yuvraj Singh, himself a survivor of cancer.
“I am delighted to send my very best wishes to my friends from the Irish Cricket Team, Gary Wilson and William Porterfield.
“They are have taken on a great challenge in cycling across Ireland to raise funds for such a vital cause.
“Having fought and survived cancer myself I know just how important the fundraising is and I think that Gary and William’s Big Bike Ride is a brilliant way to highlight the cause and raise money for those fighting cancer.
“All the very best from India, Your Friend Yuvraj Singh.”