Get on your bike for the Cycle against Suicide

Ireland finished fourth in a Europe wide poll looking at the highest rate of suicide in young people. 500 people, across the age spectrum, took their own lives in 2011. But what can we do about it? According to Irish entrepreneur, Jim Breen, best known as one of the ‘Secret Millionaires” on said RTE show, raising awareness is crucial. To that end he has teamed up with a core group of volunteers who share the common goal of raising awareness of the supports available for Suicide Prevention and Bereavement Services in Ireland. They’re going to take part in a 14 day, 1,400k cycle between the 22nd of April and the 5th of May. The aim is not to raise money but to raise awareness. Anyone can take part in the trip, which will visit various locations nationwide hosting informative events at 28 schools, colleges and universities around the country. All you need to do is shell out €40 for the official jersey and cycle insurance. If you’re not a two wheel kind of person, the gang are looking for kettle boilers, sandwich makers, tweeters, bloggers, stewards, marshals and a whole other range of positions that will cater to your availability. But the overall aim is to do it together, to protect our brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, friends and children and to point them in the right direction towards finding critical help.

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