Blazing Bikers Events completed in 2017

Cork Zombie Walk 2017

Dedicated to the memory of Lorraine Shanahan

Cork Zombie Walk 2017

Dedicated to the Memory of Lorraine Shanahan

Saturday 28th October 2017

We had an amazing turn out for last years Zombie Walk, which a you all know was dedicated to the memory of my sister Lorraine Shanahan the original Organiser of the Cork Zombie Walk.

I want to keep the event going in Lorraine’s memory and try and make it bigger and better every year for as long as I can.

The total raised last year was just over €1,200 which went directly to the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind this was Lorraine’s charity of choice.

We are asking everyone to contribute €5 to take part in the walk, all the money raised will go directly to the Irish Guide Dogs.

We have so much planned for the Zombie Walk I will be updating this page quiet soon!!!

Totally overwhelmed by the generosity that has been shown to the Cork Zombie Walk and I can’t wait to let you all in on what we have planned!!

But for now, date for the Diaries 28th October 2017!!!

It’s shaping up to be a truly amazing day and night in memory of Lorraine

On Sunday 18th June the Blazing Bikers had an open day at the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind to present funds raised from June 2016-17. The Group presented a cheque for €93,993 which was raised in memory of Lorraine Shanahan. The funds raised were made up from a number of fundraising events and initiatives run throughout the year: Cork Zombie Walk, Sales of Raffle Tickets for the Suzuki GN125, Sales of; Christmas Cards & Calendars, Seasonal Hampers, Guide Dogs Boxes in the Tipperary Locality, the Trip around Tipp Motorbike Run, The Great Northern Motorbike Run, Table Quiz, Stands at various bike shows, Church gate collections and Flag Days.

On behalf of myself and my family we would like to thank everybody that supported us with our fundraising. As you all know our lives were turned upside down in November 2015, when we had to say goodbye to Lorraine, it’s been a tough road to continue, but the one thing that keeps us going and running these events is keeping Lorraine’s memory alive. Anyone that knew Lorraine would know how much she loved fundraising and helping people in any way that she could, she went above and beyond to make a difference, her first response to any cause no matter how big or how small, friend or stranger was “how can I help” she was so unbelievably selfless putting everyone before herself. Continuing with fundraising is our way of trying our best to honour Lorraine’s memory.

I will be honest and say it hasn’t been easy to continue, but the support we have received and all the help people have given us to raise these funds has been amazing. For the majority of the last 19mths the fundraising events were the one of the few things that kept me going. It’s easy to post away on facebook giving the illusion that everything is fine, few know the truth behind the keyboard. I am heartbroken beyond belief to have lost my sister. At times I barely manage to pull myself together and get out of bed for the events and face people. You try put on a brave face for those few hours, you try hold yourself together, you try smile for photos but the whole time you are just about hanging in there so that you can honour the memory of someone so special as Lorraine. Each event has been a step further along the road. If it hadn’t been for the Cork Zombie Walk, which was Lorraine’s baby, I don’t know when I would of been ready to visit my home of Cork without my sister.

So really what I am trying to say in the most honest way ( and in essay form – apologies ) is that every bit of help we received no matter how big or small resulted in the funds that were raised in Lorraine’s memory and it has helped us along this horrible unexpected road in our lives.

Thank you all very much for your support in raising what turned out to be over €94,000 after a few last minute sales of raffle tickets at the open day on Sunday. Congratulations to Eileen Murphy on winning the Suzuki, looking forward to seeing you at the next Blazing Bikers Motorbike event with your L plates!

Katriona Shanahan
On behalf of the Shanahan Family

For those that were on the WAW trip in 2016, you will know that on the Gala night a number of our Blazing Bikers made a pledge to donate a motorbike for us to raffle to aid with fundraising this year.

We are happy to say we launched the raffle  in early 2017 and  we Sold  €26,205 worth of Tickets, totally amazing and  it made such a huge impact on our fundraising.

1st Prize – Suzuki GN 125 – Winner Eileen Murphy (pictured)

2nd Prize – €500

The Draw  took place on the 18th June  2017.

We would like to thank our sponsors: Donal Carroll, Eamonn Grey, Joe Kearney, Denis Kinane, Jack Leonard for making the raffle possible.

Great Northern Run Motorbike Challenge 17’

Dedicated to the memory of Lorraine Shanahan

The Blazing Bikers had a stand at the RDS Motorbike & Scooter Show over the weekend of the 3rd – 5th of March, Stand D21. We promoted the Great Northern  Run Challenge and sold lots & lots of tickets for the raffle. Thanks to everyone who volunteered and gave us a hand at the stand over the weekend

The Trip Around Tipp Motorbike Run will also be taking place along with our annual Table Quiz, dates to be confirmed.

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