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Boyzone singer Keith Duffy cycled 320km through the Alps in Europe last weekend to help an autism charity close to his heart.

Duffy was raising money for Irish Autism Action, a charity of which he is patron, to help raise the quality of life of individuals and their families affected by autism. He has been involved with autism charities since his daughter was diagnosed with it – “As the parent of a child with autism, I know what a difference the right support can make” – and has competed in the London Marathon to raise awareness of autism.

It took Duffy three days to complete the cycle ride, which included a 28km climb.

“My knees are sore but are holding up so far but my hernia hasn’t caused me any bother. But all the pain will be worth it,” he said. “When it’s over, I’ll have to get stuck in to advanced training for the Ironman challenge I’ve signed up for in Galway this September.”

Duffy hopes to raise €100,000 for the charity between the ride and the Ironman. Find out more here.

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