Wexford groups join forces in a race against suicide

By AMY LEWIS

Published 08/09/2015 | 00:00

Kevin Birney, Ben Doyle, Conor Barry, Noel Butler, Liam McCabe, Malcolm McGrath, Vincent Byrne and Sophie Donnelly.
Kevin Birney, Ben Doyle, Conor Barry, Noel Butler, Liam McCabe, Malcolm McGrath, Vincent Byrne and Sophie Donnelly.

Volunteers at Wexford MarineWatch believe that the battle against suicide shouldn't be fought alone and with this in mind, they have teamed up with Cycle Against Suicide.

The two organisations will join forces on September 26 on Wexford Quay, where Cycle Against Suicide will be hosting the Wexford SpinOff. The event will be the latest in the series of SpinOff's, which have been organised to raise awareness of the help and supports that are available for anyone affected by depression or suicide. According to Conor Barry, Secretary for Wexford Marine Watch, the volunteers are delighted to be getting involved in the day.

'No doubt this is going to be huge event,' he said. 'The people of Wexford should be commended for the support they show to the numerous organisations that provide help to those in crisis and those who are bereaved by suicide.'

The event will revolve around a 55 km cycle, with speakers, entertainment and refreshments for all those who are not taking to the saddle. The cycle, starting at 11 a.m. from Wexford Quay will take in Barntown, Taghmon, Waddingtown, Baldwinstown and Kilmore Quay where there will be a break for refreshments and speakers at the Stella Maris Centre before continuing on to Kilmore, Bridgetown, Piercestown, Drinagh and finishing on Wexford Quay.

The SpinOffs will take place in a different location each month in the run up to the 14-day cycle in 2016. Anticipation is already rising for the Wexford event, which was launched on September 3 on Wexford Quay. It will mark the fourth year of the initiative since it was established by Irish entrepreneur, Jim Breen.

The all-Ireland cycle next year will begin in Belfast and take in stops in Coleraine, Derry and Enniskillen, before heading to the southern tip of Ireland and finishing in Dublin.

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