Above: Clonakilty Community College 4th year students Shane Tanner, John Harte and Shane Enright supporting The Cycle Against Suicide, which stops in Clonakilty on May 6 for a break. Clonakilty Community College will officially welcome and provide refreshments for the cyclists while Jim Breene, founder of Cycle Against Suicide, will address the youth of Clonakilty.
Cycle Against Suicide in partnership with Homestay.com, is looking for homeowners throughout Ireland, including West Cork, to provide overnight accommodation for the thousands of cyclists taking part in this year’s event.
The cycle which begins in Belfast on Monday, April 27 and ends in Dublin on Sunday, May 10, covers 1,400 kms and over the two week period, the Homestay programme provides an opportunity for people to open up their homes to the participants, providing them with a warm meal, a chance to freshen up and a bed for the night. Research shows that this is a hugely rewarding experience for both the homeowner and the cyclist alike. It provides a chance to lend support in a very tangible way to Cycle Against Suicide without necessarily taking part in the cycle.
Three hundred beds are needed to host participants for overnight stops in Bantry on Monday, May 4 and Skibbereen on Tuesday, May 5. To play your part in spreading the message, that ‘it’s ok not to feel ok; and it’s absolutely ok to ask for help’, contact the Local Homestay Coordinators: Bantry: Marie Spillane on 086 232 8150 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Skibbereen: Richie Keating on 087 2940087 or email@example.com.
There are also some free fun run/walks being held to raise awareness of the Cycle locally and help spread the message further. These include Bantry on April 11 — Bantry Athletics Club at 9am; Skibbereen on April 9 — West Cork Hotel/Hurleys Garage (1km route). Come dressed in costume/orange. Fun for all the family.
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