MUNGRET based suicide prevention charity Pieta House has added another event to its fundraising calendar.
On Sunday, September 27, thousands of people from across Limerick are expected to don the lycra, get on the saddle and get on their bike to take part in Pieta House’s first ever National Cycle Weekend.
Munster stars Tomas O’Leary, John Ryan and Andrew Conway were on hand to launch the fundraiser at the University of Limerick this week.
Limerick cyclists will have a choice of two routes - a 50km circuit, and a 100km ride.
Both kick off at Mungret GAA Club, with participants passing Pieta House’s Limerick headquarters.
Heading West, those opting for the 50km route will take the coast road towards Askeaton, followed by Rathkeale, Adare and on to the final stretch back to Mungret GAA club.
Meanwhile, those doing the more gruelling 100km cycle will instead take the coast road towards Loughill, followed by Newcastle West, Rathkeale and will then follow the same route home via Adare.
The Pieta 100 National Cycle Weekend in Limerick will raise much needed funds for the local Pieta House service.
As well as this, it aims to raise awareness of the issues of suicide and self-harm.
Pieta House hopes that the event will become part of the annual fundraising calendar.
Kieran O’Brien, fundraising manager for Pieta House in Munster and Connacht said the idea to organise this event came after the demand for the Ring of Kerry cycle outflanked supply.
“We were very involved with the Ring of Kerry charity cycle and Pieta House was the chosen charity for this cycle. We nearly had 1,600 people cycling for us. We turned away a lot of people. So we decided we could do our own cycle,” he explained, adding that he hopes more than 1,000 people will take part.
Martin O’Sullivan, who manages Pieta House centres in the Mid-West says fundraisers like these are crucial to the charity’s viability.
“We’re committed to offering a free service but we can only continue to do this with the help and support of the people and communities throughout Ireland,” he said.
He added: “Our vision is a world where suicide, self-harm and stigma have been replaced by hope, self-care and acceptance.”
Entry costs €30, and cyclists also have an option to buy a special Pieta House-branded cycling jersey for €20 as well as raising more money independently.
Registration and route information for the ‘Pieta 100’ Cycle in Limerick is available now at www.pieta100cycle.com. Alternatively, you can telephone 061-484448.