Charles Merinoff has been a long-standing supporter of Co-operation Ireland and the company he co-chairs, Breakthru Beverage Group, is a lead sponsor of the Boston to NYC bike ride.

But it isn’t just financial support that Charles is providing. A keen cyclist, the businessman will be climbing on his bike to make the journey along with the other supporters of the charity through New England to New York City.

“Since my college days I have made five or six long distance rides,” said Charles. “It will be a challenge to get into physical and mental shape for this five-day, 300-mile ride.   However, I look forward to bonding with a new group of riding enthusiasts in mutual support of Co-operation Ireland.”

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Breakthru Beverages has supported Co-operation Ireland’s peacebuilding working for over a decade.

“I profoundly admire the peacebuilding mission of this organization,” he added. “My company has been a supporter of Co-operation Ireland since 2006 at the introduction of my friend and colleague Jim Clerkin, President & CEO of Moët Hennessy North America.

“I’m sure I’ll look back at this as a rewarding experience when I successfully complete this epic ride.”

Charles, who splits his time between his family farm in Vermont and New York City, will be one of 80 cyclists taking part in the journey to mark the 40th birthday of Co-operation Ireland whose work in bringing people together would not have been possible without the support we receive from the Irish Diaspora.

It is fitting that we will celebrate the milestone with friends from both sides of the Atlantic by cycling through the heartlands of Irish America with a grand finale finish on the last day of the challenge, taking part in the TD Five Boro Bike Tour through New York City. 

The event attracts around 32,000 participants and gives cyclists the opportunity to bike through all 5 boroughs on traffic free roads throughout the city.  With a great finish to what is shaping up to be an amazing trip

If you are a seasoned amateur cyclist or just someone who wants to take on a challenge, either way, this is an opportunity of a lifetime and demand is expected to be high.

* For further details and to register at www.b2ny.org. To check out the work of Co-operation Ireland visit the web page at www.cooperationireland.org.

Charles Merinoff, a long-standing supporter of Co-operation Ireland and Co-chair of Breakthru Beverage Group a lead sponsor of the Boston to NYC bike ride.