Thursday 29 June 2017

Hundreds of cyclists go the distance for charity

A thousand cyclists reach the RTÉ studios after a 1,400km journey around Ireland for Cycle Against Suicide
A thousand cyclists reach the RTÉ studios after a 1,400km journey around Ireland for Cycle Against Suicide
Mark O'Regan

Mark O'Regan

Over 800 cyclists took the road less travelled by completing a mammoth 1,400km journey around Ireland to raise awareness of suicide prevention.

Riders taking part in the third year of the Cycle Against Suicide covered an average of 100km a day.

The event started in Belfast on April 27, and has seen a cavalcade of cyclists make their way through 17 counties on both sides of the border.

Jim Breen, founder of the event, said the message they wanted to spread was that "it's OK not to feel OK".

"If we can get people to ask for help when they need it, we can break the cycle of suicide on the island of Ireland," he said.

The charity supports people in need by directing them to local mental health and suicide prevention organisations throughout the country.

Irish Independent

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