Oxfam shops across Northern Ireland will soon be displaying the Giro pink road closed signs which the public will be able to buy for a small donation.
Transport Minister Danny Kennedy said that the demand for the signs was significant but unfortunately a large number had been removed before they could be handed over to the Giro’s official charity.
Belfast City Council has also pledged its support by donating the pink signage it used to brand the city during the past few weeks.
The Minister said: “People in Northern Ireland embraced the Giro d’Italia with amazing enthusiasm. It was truly impressive to see at first hand the large crowds of people who stood out in the rain to catch a glimpse of the elite cyclists racing past.
“The event was a huge success and I want to put on record my thanks to my officials who played such a major role in helping to organise the Giro and putting in place one of the largest traffic management plans Northern Ireland has ever seen.
“Giro fever is such that everyone wants a souvenir from the racing spectacle but it is a shame that many of signs which were destined for Oxfam never made it that far. Of course there is nothing to stop those who have obtained signs ‘early’ from making a donation to Oxfam and I would certainly encourage them to do so. I also want to thank Belfast City Council for supporting our initiative.”
To donate to Oxfam Ireland, the official charity for the Giro d’Italia, visit: http://www.justgiving.com/giro
Oxfam Ireland spokesperson Kathy Morrow said: “We were delighted to be the official charity partner for the Giro d’Italia and would like to thank the DRD for generously donating the official road signs for sale in our shops.
“By visiting your local Oxfam shop and buying one of the signs, you’ll not only be picking up a unique memento of cycling history but also helping to break the cycle of poverty by supporting Oxfam’s work worldwide.
“The £10 from each sign we sell could help provide an energy saving stove for a South Sudanese refugee family in Northern Uganda, after they were forced to flee their homes in the recent conflict.”