Geraldine, Mary and Isobel from Donegal Town hosted cyclists on both occasions when the cycle visited in 2014 and 2016.
“We had fantastic characters and it was a joy to feed them and hear their tales. Before the evening meal was over, it felt like we had renewed old friendships opening up a conversation that was full of fun, and serious topics, in equal measure. The following day, we returned the Cyclists to Abbey Vocational School and said goodbye, feeling as though we were part of a movement of positivity, the like of which we hadn’t seen in ages. The legacy of the Cycle still continues in our local community”
Local Homestay Coordinator :
Each year Homestay Coordinators are appointed in the towns where the cycle passes through. They together with the National Homestay Coordinator organise Homestays for all the cyclists and welcome the cycle into their town or village.
“My day job is event management with Belfast City Council; organising events for thousands of people, BUT being tasked with finding 250 FREE bed nights in my local town seemed daunting to say the least. I got so much support from Anne (national homestay coordinator), from the community, the church, the businesses, and my own family. Seeing those cyclists and the whole Cycle Against Suicide team arrive into our wee town that ?Thursday evening? of the 25 April 2017 made it all worthwhile. When I think back, whilst it was daunting at the start, you do have to make that wee bit of effort, give that commitment, realise the important message that your sharing in your community, that “Its OK not to feel OK; and it’s absolutely OK to ask for help”, thank you to Anne and CAS team for giving myself and Danny this opportunity. We will never forget.” Lisa Morgan – 2017 Homestay Coordinator Castlewellan Co. Down