The local organising committee for the nationwide Cycle against Suicide that arrives in Clonmel on Thursday, May 7, are nearly half way towards reaching their target of 300 bed nights for participants.
“We have secured 136 beds already but need another 160 between now and next week”, said committee member Catherine Cashman.
She thanked residents who have offered beds already and made another appeal to those who have yet to respond.
“We want Clonmel to meet this challenge and we are confident that we will get the remainder of the beds during the coming week. The cyclists are due to arrive in town about 6pm on Thursday and will be gone by 9am on Friday morning when they assemble at the Loreto Convent for their departure.
“We are asking the people of Clonmel to offer them an evening meal and a comfortable bed for the night after their long cycle and before they head off again on the next stage”.
Among those offering accommodation already are hotels and guest houses, some from outside the Clonmel area, and Catherine said they would be delighted to hear from others who may be just a few miles from the town.
Students in schools around the town have also been asked to bring the message home to their parents.
The organisers of the cycle, which left Belfast on Monday, are holding a draw for families who offer accommodation throughout the country, with prizes including weekends away in Cork and Kerry. Anyone wishing to offer a bed for the night can contact organiser Frank O’Keeffe at 086 6027619 or firstname.lastname@example.org