A Galway man whose life has been devastated by meningitis is on a quest to regain his independence after his custom-made tricycle fell into disrepair.
Since getting meningitis in 1993, Liam Cullinane’s only means of transport has been a series of custom-built tricycles.
However, the machines are susceptible to a lot of wear and tear and his latest one “gave up the ghost” in June.
Since then Mr Cullinane has been housebound as, while indispensable to his health, the bikes are extremely expensive to replace.
“I’m tall and my balance isn’t the best; this means a lot of deadweight and extra stress is put upon the poor trike carrying me. Irish roads aren’t much help either!”
For this reason, Liam, who will be honoured as one of the Rehab Galway People of the Year on Friday evening, is desperate to regain his independence and get back up on three wheels.
His search for a new bike has led him to Gutersloh in Germany, where he has found an off-road tricycle that is sturdy enough for his needs.
Understandably, importing a top-end, custom-made tricycle from Germany to Galway is an expensive endeavour, and to help Liam in his quest, ACT for Meningitis is arranging a fundraising Galway to Germany cycle this Friday, 21 September from 10am in the Eyre Square Shopping Centre.
Two gym bikes will be set up throughout the day and the aim is to cycle to 812 miles, while raising money for Liam’s tricycle.
Liam has set up his own Facebook page, ‘Liam’s Wheels’ to publicise his quest. Anyone interested in cycling for a half an hour on Friday or in donating, should contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 091-782828 to help him back on his road to recovery.