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Beds urgently required for Cycle against Suicide

Supporting the Race against Suicide which arrives into Donegal Town Deputies Padraig Mac Lochlainn, Pearse Doherty, Thomas Pringle and committe member Pauric Kennedy. 1004 INDD Race against 1 MVB.JPG

Supporting the Race against Suicide which arrives into Donegal Town Deputies Padraig Mac Lochlainn, Pearse Doherty, Thomas Pringle and committe member Pauric Kennedy. 1004 INDD Race against 1 MVB.JPG

The phenomenal success of the “Cycle against Suicide” which this year will have 7,000 participants is causing logistical problems in Donegal

Thousands of orange jerseys will arrive in Donegal Town on May 6 and the organisers have announced that this year’s event is on target to have nearly three times the number of participants as it did in 2013.

Many well known faces will be taking part in this great event which takes in the whole country including Niall Breslin, aka Bressie of the Voice, a number of familliar 6 Nations Rugby faces to name but a few.

On May 6th the peleton will arrive in Donegal Town where they will stay overnight. At each stop, events will be held to promote positive mental health and to convey Cycle Against Suicide’s core message that it’s ok not to feel ok, and it’s absolutely ok to ask for help.

Cycle Against Suicide utilises a Homestay programme, which sees homeowners across the country providing a bed and hot meal to participants in the Cycle.

Cycle Against Suicide local Homestay Coordinator Angeline Driver said there is still time for people living in the town to offer accommodation to participants. “We are all familliar with ‘The Homes of Donegal’ which is synonomous with the county and at the moment we are short of around 100 beds. I am confident we will get them but we need all the help we can get.”

Founder Jim Breen said; “The tide has turned in the fight to break the stigma that surrounds mental health. We must build on the momentum that is gathering and let every mother, father, son, daughter, brother, sister, friend and colleague know that it’s ok not to feel ok and its absolutely ok to ask for help.”

 

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