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Irish cycle club to complete charity cycle to support young people coping with mental illness

Published 22/04/2016 | 15:43

Ballaghaderreen Cycle Club will take to the roads on May 22 and cycle 10km, 50km, or 100km in aid of ReachOut.ie
Ballaghaderreen Cycle Club will take to the roads on May 22 and cycle 10km, 50km, or 100km in aid of ReachOut.ie

Members of a Roscommon cycle club will pedal up to 100km in aid of a charity, which supports mental health services for young people from the age of 12 to 25.

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Ballaghaderreen Cycle Club will take to the roads on May 22 and cycle 10km, 50km, or 100km, depending on their experience in aid of ReachOut.com.

The charity provides support to young people coping with mental illness as well as the stresses of daily life including relationships, loss and grief and exam pressures.

The club’s chairman Pat Towey revealed that ReachOut.ie is a charity that supports what he feels is a huge problem throughout Ireland.

“We’re a relatively new club and to be upfront about it, suicide and mental health is a big problem around the country. Our focus was to support the young people struggling with these difficulties in our area and with a bit of research we found that ReachOut.ie is a vital resource supporting those in need.

“The cycle is by no means competitive. It’s not a race, but an opportunity to get out on the bike and have a bit of fun on the day. For those embarking on the 100km cycle, it will see them travel through three counties starting in Ballaghaderreen,” he said.

For more information on the cycle visit: www.eventbrite.ie

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