Get on yer bike to Mullingar in aid of Pieta House
DUBLIN footballers James McCarthy and David Byrne were on hand to launch the annual TM Cycle in aid of Pieta House, the suicide and self-harm crisis centre.
The fun cycle, which is now in its seventh year, aims to raise awareness of the work carried out by Pieta House and to commemorate the lives of those lost to suicide. This event takes place on Saturday 9th year's destination is Mullingar.
The cycle route will start at the Good Counsel GAA club in Drimnagh, Dublin, and will make its way towards Mullingar going through counties Kildare, Meath and Westmeath before returning to Dublin.
Last year 80 cyclists took part in the cycle, and over €250,000 has been raised for Pieta House since the cycle began in 2008.
"Our vision is that no-one in Ireland should be more than 100 kilometres from a Pieta House centre and we are moving ever closer to that goal," said Joan Freeman, CEO of Pieta House. "80 per cent of our funding comes from public support and we are so grateful to fundraisers like the TM Cycle which continue to raise vital funds for Pieta House.
"We'd like to encourage people to sign up for this fun cycle and we wish everyone the very best of luck" she said.
People can get involved by registering on tmcycle.com. The demand for Pieta House's services continues to grow with 3,919 people seeking help in 2013, up from 2,736 in 2012.
This year saw the opening of three new suicide and self-harm crisis centres in Cork, Galway and Kerry.
Pieta House now has a total of nine centres throughout the country and provides a professional, one-to-one therapeutic service for those who are experiencing suicidal ideation or engaging in self-harm.
For more information on Pieta House or the cycle visit www.pieta.ie/www.tmcycle.com