Cyclists come out in force and raise €14,000

Kevin Hughes

OVER 650 cyclists took to the saddle on Sunday morning for the third annual Cycle for Suicide Prevention, held in memory of Milltown's Stephanie O'Sullivan. An impressive €14,000 was raised on the day and the funds will now be shared between Pieta House and Be Aware Prevent Suicide.

Leaving from Milltown Castlemaine GAA Grounds at 10.30am, former Kerry Person of the Year, Dan Tim O'Sullivan, joined Stephanie's family and friends as cyclists chose between the shorter 40km route and a more challenging 80km route.

Afterwards it was back to the Nagle Rice Primary School in Milltown for a welcome barbecue, complete with hot dogs and hamburgers.

"The weather held out, so numbers were similar to last year and we were delighted with that," Stephanie's father, Dan Joe, said afterwards.

"There were people from all over joining us on the day and they came from Galway, Westmeath, Dublin, Cork and all over Kerry and we want to thank each and every one who turned up and supported it."

Dan Joe and wife Bernadette also thanked almost 60 volunteers who ensured that the event ran smoothly, as well all who donated to the barbecue, The Order of Malta and friends Denis O'Mahony and John O'Donoghue who helped organise proceedings.


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