A man on a mission

    Tony Griffin's 7000km Ride for the Cure to raise 1,000,000 euros for

    HALIFAX, April 23 /CNW/ - Tony Griffin is a man on a mission. Ireland's
all-star hurling champion, Dalhousie student, and founder of the Tony Griffin
Foundation, kicks-off his 7000km Ride for the Cure. On April 27, Griffin will
depart from Halifax, Nova Scotia and arrive in Vancouver, British Columbia to
begin his bike tour across Canada and Ireland in search for a cure for cancer
in memory ofhis father, Jerome Griffin.
    "He can do it. He's a man with a purpose," states 7-time Tour de France
winner, and cancer champion, Lance Armstrong. On April 20, Griffin went to his
home in Austin, Texas to speak personally with Armstrong about his cycling
experiences, his battle with cancer, and the spirit of live strong. Griffin
confides Armstrong is an inspiration for the 7000km Ride for the Cure, "as a
man who has accomplished so much, and continues to do great things. We all
have a purpose in life. I've never biked a long distance before, and I chose
this path because I want people to believe that they can do something to
change the world too."
    As his first fundraising initiative, Griffin will cycle 7000km across the
second largest land mass in the world, and his home country of Ireland, to
raise 1,000,000 for three major international organizations in support of
cancer research. Funds raised in Canada will benefit Ovarian Cancer Canada.
Pledges made within Ireland will be donated to the Irish Cancer Society and
the Lance Armstrong Foundation.
    It's Griffin's spirit and passion for life that is generating all the
attention. "The overwhelming support from people around the world who have
stepped up to take part in this initiative, the groundswell of energy, it's
tremendous," said Griffin. Strong supporters in cities all over Canada,
including the Irish Sporting and Social Clubs (ISSC), the Irish Heritage
Society and the Irish Cultural Society, are volunteering to organize and plan
events, fundraise, and generate awareness for the cause.
    ISSC is hosting the first on-tour fundraiser on May 1 at 7:00pm at the
Blarney Stone, 216 Carral Street,in Gastown, Vancouver. Early the next
morning, Griffin will make his way to the departure point at English Bay in
Stanley Park. Royal Canadian Mounted Police on horseback will preside over the
grounds, as bag pipes bellow and the Pacific Ocean settles the early morning
horizon. On May 2, at 7:30am, Griffin will officially embark on the 7000km
Ride for the Cure.
    Through the Rocky Mountains, across the Canadian Shield and east to
Halifax, Nova Scotia, the Canadian leg is scheduled to be completed on
June 24, where he will continue on to Dublin, Ireland, on June 30. Griffin
will bike the last leg with 100 riders by his side, each having collected
donations for the Foundation, to be a part of the final finish at Ennis, Co.
Clare on July 1.
    Griffin's core motivation behind the cycle across Canada and Ireland
speaks to his mission for the Tony Griffin Foundation. "It is the light inside
each one of us that makes these things happen. To believe inthe strength of
our own human spirit will be the ultimate cure."


    Tony Griffin is a multi-faceted, talented, charismatic and accomplished
individual. At the age of 26, Griffin plays a professional role in Ireland's
national sport as a forward and 2006 all-star for the Clare Hurling team in
Ireland. He also holds an honors degree in economics from the National
University of Ireland-Galway and currently studies on scholarship as a
kinesiology student at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia as of May
2005. Most importantly, as the founder of the Tony Griffin Foundation, he is a
sincere and engaging inspiration to the human spirit. He is a man on a
mission, and the Tony Griffin 7000km Ride for the Cure is the first of many
major initiatives Griffin aspires to in the pursuit of success for his
Foundation's vision.


    The Tony Griffin Foundation is a non profit organization whose mission is
to fund the initiative, projects and visions of those whose purpose is to make
the world a happier, healthier and more fulfilling place. Through the pursuit
of a world without disease and unnecessary death, the Foundation's initiatives
are rooted in the dream for every human to find the will to unlock their own
potential, and to share in the gift of life. www.tonygriffinfoundation.com.

For further information:

For further information: Krista Keough, Public Relations Manager,
Canada, (902) 423-6610 ext. 312 (office), (902) 489-5878 (cell phone),

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