Wexford turns orange for Cycle Against Suicide

By Esther Hayden

Published 05/05/2016 | 17:09

Cycle Against Suicide cyclists leaving New Ross on Thursday heading for Wexford.
Cycle Against Suicide cyclists leaving New Ross on Thursday heading for Wexford.

Wexford hasn't been found wanting when it comes to supporting this year's Cycle Against Suicide event.

On Thursday there was a large turnout of local people in New Ross to support the cyclists as they left the town as part of the 14 cycle which is being led by local man Vincent Byrne.

Vincent who is participating for the third year in the cycle said 'that the message that it's ok not to feel ok and it's absolutely ok to ask for help is a vital one to be heard across our community'.

Crowds of people are expected to line the streets in Wexford town on Thursday evening and Friday morning as the cyclists arrive and depart the town.

The cycle will arrive in Wexford town on Thursday, May 5 coming through Larkins Cross, Barntown, Maldron Hotel, Whitford House Hotel, Whitemill Road, Clonard Avenue, Clonard Road and finishing at St. Peters College Belvedere Road at 5pm.

It will leave St Peter's College at 10.30am on Friday heading along Belverdere Road, Hill Street, 1798 Street, Redmond Square and over Wexford bridge proceeding to Curracloe, Blackwater, Kilmuckridge, Ballgarett, Riverchapel and arriving at Gorey Community School at 1.30pm approximately.

Aimed at promoting an important message: 'It's OK not to feel OK; and it's absolutely OK to ask for help', Cycle Against Suicide is positively changing our mindset and behaviour around mental health and emotional well being.

St Peter's College, one of 20 Cycle Against Suicide Anchor schools in Ireland, will host an inspiring, informative, and energetic event on Friday at 9am, comprising of presentations from guest speakers, entertainment, and exhibitions from local and national mental health organisations.

Cycle Against Suicide was founded by Irish entrepreneur, Jim Breen, following his appearance on TV documentary, 'The Secret Millionaire' in 2012.

'We will have up to 500 cyclists visiting Wexford. The help and support of the community is essential for the success of this event. We would ask that the businesses and the shops of Wexford 'go orange' in support of this very worthwhile cycle.'

Please see www.cycleagainstsuicide.com or e-mail volunteer@cycleagainstsuicide.com for more information.

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