Hundreds of cyclists will be seen on the roads of Wexford next month as part of the 'Cycle Against Suicide' campaign. 'Secret Millionaire' businessman Jim Breen was at Enniscorthy Castle last Friday to announce details of the project.
The plan is not to raise money but rather to publicise the issue of suicide, especially among young males. The 1,400 kilometre route around Ireland includes an overnight stop in Gorey on Monday, April 22.
Then the next day, the peloton will take in Enniscorthy, Wexford and New Ross on their way to Waterford, on Tuesday, April 23. By the time the tour ends on Sunday, May 5, it is expected that at least 3,000 will have taken part.
The cycle organisers are looking for recruits ready to take to the saddle for some or part of the exercise. And they are also keen to hear from anyone ready to offer home hospitality along the way.
Already signed up to hit the road are local Gardaí Denis Murphy, Gavin Tracy and Sergeant Jarlath Duffy. Among those at the reception was soccer legend Paul McGrath, who suggested that his notoriously dodgy knees would prevent him playing a full part.
Nevertheless, he gave his enthusiastic support to the long ride as a means of promoting Jim Breen's message: 'It's okay not to feel okay and it is okay not to ask for help.'
Cyclists are asked for a €40 donation to cover the cost of their orange 'Shoulder to Shoulder' jersey and insurance. See www.cycleagainstsuicide.com.