Arthritis Ireland are delighted to announce a new partnership with Team RAD, (Racing with Autoimmune Disease) for the coming year.
A cycling club for people with arthritis and other autoimmune conditions, Team RAD was established in autumn of 2014.
John Church, CEO of Arthritis Ireland said;
We are delighted to be supporting Team RAD. This partnership will help promote a positive message around Arthritis and that it can be managed effectively. We are firm advocates that regular exercise is a key part in managing a disease such as arthritis and that cycling, as a low impact sport, is a perfect fit.
As well as this members of Team RAD will be taking part in the Arthritis Ireland Working on a Cure Cycle in Wicklow on June 7th and will be raising funds to funds research into new treatments, and ultimately a cure for arthritis.
Team RAD was set up by Kenny Bucke, who first experienced symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) when he was 35.
“I want to show that you can still compete if you have an autoimmune condition. Training with a club like this means you’ll be with other people who understand your symptoms so we may have different ways of doing things.
I think that if you are into sports, you will find a way to do it. Even with arthritis. I hope that people will also look at our club and think that if we can cycle 100km with arthritis, then maybe they’ll think they can get out for a walk or go for a swim. It might motivate more people to get moving.”
Over the course of the coming year, Arthritis Ireland and Team RAD will work together to increase awareness of Arthritis as a disease that affects younger people. They will also work together to promote cycling as a key part of managing their disease while looking to establish cycling groups, similar to the Arthritis Ireland walking groups.
As part of the partnership, the Arthritis Ireland logo will appear on Team RAD’s club kit which will further raise awareness at cycling events nationally of the partnership.