The Cycle Against Suicide team at MSL Ballsbridge Motors at the Republic of Ireland launch.
OVER the last few weeks, Jim and many more members of the ever-growing Cycle Against Suicide family donned the orange jersey once again to announce the launch of the 2014 route. Only a few months may have passed since the inaugural Cycle took place, attracting over 2,500 cyclists, but Cycle Against Suicide 2014 is due to cover an even bigger distance and attract many more participants. The time to start spreading the word has arrived!
This year’s Cycle Against Suicide, which takes place from April28th to May 11th, will cover Northern Ireland and the Republic. Therefore, it was decided to have two launches this year, one in Belfast and one in Dublin. The Europa Hotel hosted the Northern Ireland launch at which actor Michael Smiley and the lord Mayor of Belfast, Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, joined Jim and the rest of the team to announce the Cycle’s passage through Northern Ireland on the 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th of May. Also present to offer their support were Irene Sherry, of the Ashton Centre, and Andrew Steenson, of Active Belfast.
While in Belfast, Jim also had a chance to do an interview with the BBC, which featured on Newsline. The print and broadcast media in Northern Ireland were generous with their coverage, something which has been reflected in the healthy number of registrations coming from Northern Ireland.
MSL Ballsbridge Motors in Dublin played host to the Republic of Ireland launch, for which over 50 cyclists put on the orange jersey and joined Jim and Rosanna Davison in the cycle from RTE Studios to Ballsbridge. Fellow Cycle Against Suicide Ambassador and Cavan GAA star Alan O’Mara was also present at the launch which was extensively covered by print, broadcast and online media sources around the Republic of Ireland.
Speaking at the launch Jim said: “Last year’s cycle created wonderful-lifelong memories for everyone who took part and saw two and a half thousand people standing together, shoulder to shoulder, to break the cycle of suicide.
“When someone takes their own life, they take with them the power for anyone to help them and every last answer to the countless questions they leave behind. Suicide touches every family in both Northern Ireland and The Republic. That was evidenced by the enthusiastic welcome offered to us by communities all along the route. The average number of people lost to suicide on the island of Ireland every year is over 800. Together, we are working to enter a new chapter in the battle against suicide and to break that cycle,” he finished.