Lusk teacher, Dermot Higgins is set to become the oldest person to cycle around the world and gain a place into the Guinness Book of World Records.
He is taking part in the GoGoDermo Cycle Around the World, which will set off from Rush and Lusk Educate Together NS on 30th June, the day of Dermot’s retirement as a teacher in the school. He will embark on a 35,000 km cycle around the world from June 2017 till April 2018 in aid of Irish aid charity, Trócaire.
At 55 years of age, Dermot aims to be the oldest person in the world to successfully complete the challenge. He is embarking on the challenge to raise public awareness of the UN Global Goals for sustainable Development and to raise funds for Trócaire’s work in the poorest communities in the world.
Dermot told the County Leader, “Completing the Round The World Cycle will be my life’s ambition realised. Having the opportunity to promote the global goals and to support Trócaire is the icing on the cake. By Christmas, with a bit of luck and a good team behind me, I’ll be half way around the world.
Éamonn Meehan, Executive Director of Trócaire said, “All at Trócaire wish Dermot every success in his world record attempt to cycle around the world. Community fundraising such as GoGoDermo will support our vital programmes in over 20 countries throughout the developing world. Dermot will be working in partnership with a number of Irish schools who will follow him as he cycles around the world.”