Donal O’Connor Memorial Cycle takes place on 10th September 2016.
23 August 2016 Latest News Local News News
The family friendly event is a 10K cycle from Kingfisher Club, Waterford to Tramore GAA. It takes place on the second Saturday in September as part of World Suicide Prevention Week. This year the organisers have decided to extend the event with a family fun day at Tramore GAA which is free to attend and open to all.
The cycle is a positive event that promotes the message ‘where there’s help, there’s hope’. Donal O Connor died by suicide at the age of 32, one of the 500+ people who lose their lives to suicide every year in Ireland. His wife Mags had also lost her brother to suicide just 10 months before and she decided to do something to try to create awareness and reduce the stigma around mental health issues. The cycle is a fun event that is open to all ages and abilities.
All monies raised go to Waterford Marine Search & Rescue, a completely voluntary organisation that runs suicide patrols on the waterways of Waterford, they have saved over 100 lives to date. The cycle is just 10K from Waterford to Tramore and is non-competitive. Everyone from toddlers to seniors are welcome to take part, over the last few years the organisers have seen children graduate from trollies on their parent’s bikes to their own toddler bikes. The cycle has also seen serious cyclists take part, elongating their journey by cycling from Clonmel, Carrick and Dungarvan to join the cycle for 10K.
Suicide kills 10 people every week in Ireland, 11,000 people are treated for self-harm every year and 1 in 3 people will suffer from depression in their lifetimes. We are all taught to mind our dental health from a very young age but we are not taught how to mind our mental health, Donal O Connor Memorial Cycle aims to create awareness of the supports available and to break the stigma around mental health. To learn more about Donal O Connor Memorial Cycle go to their Facebook Page.
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