Would you like to take on a unique and rewarding challenge in the next few weeks? The countdown is on for Cycle Against Suicide 2018, with all Donegal people welcome to sign up.
The 2018 cycle commences next Saturday, 28th April, and for 10 days until bank holiday Monday 7th May. It travels through 17 counties and 67 towns, stopping at 40 locations where mental health events will take place in schools and communities.
This year’s cycle route does not reach Donegal, but it represents a great opportunity to discover new roads and meet new people from all over Ireland.
Participants can cycle for 10 days, single days, half days or any combination in this fully supported cycle where all participants cycle in a single impressive group.
The cavalcade of orange-clad cyclists visits schools and communities across Ireland, staying in homestays and creating an eye-catching sight across hundreds of roads.
This will be the sixth annual running of this unique cycle, which launches from Dublin. Many of the cyclists have returned year after year for an experience that has enhanced and even changed their lives.
Why take part? The aim of the event is to let it be known that it’s OK not to feel OK, and it’s absolutely OK to ask for help.
The event seeks to highlight that 800 deaths by suicide annually is 800 too many; to shine a light where darkness threatens; to let it be known that help is there; to simply talk; to work shoulder to shoulder to break the cycle of suicide in Ireland.
Each year, Cycle Against Suicide aims to engage more and more communities to begin a conversation about mental health; about looking after ourselves and reaching out to each other.
Cycle Against Suicide 2018 main cycle will take place from Saturday, 28 April 2018 – Monday, 7 May 2018. Register your support at http://www.cycleagainstsuicide.com/get-involved/2018-cycle/
There are many other ways to support the event. If you see the cyclists on the roads, give them a cheer, honk your horn as they pass, volunteer to host a cyclist, or join in for a half day, full day or more.