Tuesday 21 May 2019

Cycle Against Suicide rides into Mallow

Sheila Fitzgerald

Volunteers taking part in this year's main Cycle Against Suicide event dropped into Mallow last Thursday on the sixth day of their trip.

Banteer native Nicholas Corkery who coordinated fundraisers, accommodation and meals for the cyclists said it was truly wonderful to be able to host these volunteers who do immense work in raising awareness about suicide.

"It was wonderful to be able to host some of the cyclists when they came to Mallow. I would again like to thank all the host families, you are truly amazing to do what you have done for this charity, he said. 

Nicholas went on to thank Denise and John Mulcahy for providing supper for 30 of the cyclists.

The icing on the cake on the night was when Humphrey Healy of Healy's Bar in Kilcorney donated €2,500, proceeds from a pool tournament which was organised by Johnny and Mary McAuliffe.  In addition Nicholas Corkery presented the group with €500, proceeds from local clothes collection bins. 

Cycle Against Suicide is a voluntary organisation, with two simple objectives - To spread the message that 'It's OK not to feel OK' and it's absolutely OK to ask for help, to promote help-seeking behaviour, and inform the people of Ireland on what help and support is available to them When an individual is vulnerable enough to consider taking their own life, silence is read as indifference. 

With over 800 people dying by suicide in Ireland each year, and research indicating that thousands more contemplate it, we all have a role to play, and together we can collectively address the challenges that suicide presents.

Discussions about suicide are needed now more than ever.In a bid to save more lives, Cycle Against Suicide sets out to start these discussions and change culture to create a society that openly talks about suicide, enabling people to speak up and reach out for help.