I’m a Limerick man and a volunteer with Cycle Against Suicide Ireland. (www.cycleagainstsuicide.com)
Cycle Against Suicide is an initiative started by Irish entrepreneur, Jim Breen, as a result of his appearance on RTE’s The Secret Millionaire programme.
The main objective of the cycle is to promote positive mental health and raise awareness of the considerable help and supports that are available for anyone battling depression, self-harm, at risk of suicide or those bereaved by suicide.
The Cycle Against Suicide community is determined to reach people in every corner of the island of Ireland to let them know that; it’s OK not to feel OK and it’s absolutely OK to ask for help.
Together, shoulder to shoulder, we can break the cycle of suicide on the island of Ireland and begin to promote positive mental health. On Monday April 27 we embark on a 14-day awareness journey from Belfast, cycling around the island of Ireland, ending in Dublin on Sunday May 10, covering 1,400 kms.
I’m appealing to Limerick Leader readers in my capacity as coordinator for the Limerick stop on May 2.
This year’s cycle arriving in to Limerick coincides in what will be a great weekend for Limerick with Riverfest and The Great Limerick Run but unfortunately for us, as a result of the busy weekend, overnight beds for the cyclists are very scarce.
We are appealing to the kind people of Limerick to show that famous Limerick hospitality and show that we’re all #LimerickAndProud by offering a bed or two to some of the hundreds of cyclists who will be cycling through Limerick promoting this positive message.
We fully believe this a very important message to spread around the country, particularly in Limerick as we unfortunately regularly hear bad news from the River Shannon.
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