Local Wexford businesses, Bolands Wexford and Crosbie Brothers, sponsored the recent 780km main cycle event organised by national charity Cycle Against Suicide, in which hundreds of cyclists took part.
The Wexford businesses have been stalwart supporters of Cycle Against Suicide and the success of this year's cycle is thanks to the involvement and commitment of families, friends and the wider community, including businesses such as Crosbie Brothers and Bolands Wexford. Using pedal power to promote conversations about mental health and suicide awareness, the 2019 main cycle saw hundreds of cyclists travel through 63 towns and villages across Ireland.
Bolands Wexford - which own several dealerships in Co Wexford - provided multiple vehicles for leading and supporting all aspects of the 10-day cycle with Crosbie Brothers delivering the printing and branding for the vehicle graphics which enabled the charity to communicate its message as the cycle passed through the various villages and towns.
These steps in raising awareness on mental health are helping to break down the barriers around mental illness, connecting those affected with available treatment options and breaking down, one day at a time, the stigma attached to mental illness.
Cycle Against Suicide is introducing an evidence-based Schools' Programme which educates students on mental health issues, helps build resilience and empowers young people to become mental health champions for their peers.
CEO of Cycle Against Suicide Caroline Lafferty said: 'Support from companies with values and work cultures that place an emphasis on people and community living, like Bolands Wexford and Crosbie Brothers, have been a big part in the success of the charity. The synergy with the goals of Cycle Against Suicide is quite obvious and together we can translate that synergy into something invaluable - better mental health in Ireland and more lives saved every day.
'The support provided by local businesses Bolands Wexford and Crosbie Brothers demonstrated their strong commitment to driving positive social outcomes in the Wexford community where they live, work and serve. We are hugely appreciative of the contribution of Bolands Wexford and Crosbie Brothers and their involvement played a huge role in making this year's cycle a big success.'
The power of the cycle and its message is something that brings families, communities, organisations, schools, individuals and cyclists of all abilities together with a common purpose of ending the cycle of suicide. Each year, Cycle Against Suicide aims to engage more and more communities to begin a conversation about mental health; about looking after ourselves and reaching out to each other.
For more information visit www.cycleagainstsuicide.com.