Clonmel people are being asked to offer the hand of friendship to over 300 cyclists who will arrive in the town next month as part of a nationwide cycle to raise suicide awareness.
Overnight accommodation is needed for the group, mainly cyclists but also support teams, when they arrive in the town on Thursday, May 7.
“They will be tired when they arrive in Clonmel and we are asking homeowners to provide them with an evening meal and a bed for the night”, said a member of the organising committee, Frank O’Keeffe.
Schools and sports clubs have already offered to help store bikes and equipment overnight but Mr O’Keeffe emphasised that the cyclists need a comfortable bed and good night’s sleep before they continue their journey.
The 1,400km cycle starts in Belfast next Monday and travels through Derry, Enniskillen, Longford, Birr, Limerick, Tralee, Bantry, Skibbereen and Cork before arriving in Clonmel on Thursday, May 7.
From Clonmel it will continue on to Portlaoise and Mullingar before finishing in Dublin on May 10.
The nationwide Cycle against Suicide is to raise awareness of the scourge of suicide across the island of Ireland. It is not a
fundraising venture but aimed at creating awareness.
Working closely with the national organisers is the Clonmel-based suicide awareness group C-SAW which has invited the cycle to stop over in the town. Group member Joe Leahy is delighted that the cycle is stopping in the town and urges people to support it with the offer of bed nights.
And Frank O’Keeffe adds - “The people of Ireland have responded warmly to the annual event in the past, opening their homes to participants of the cycle, providing them with a warm meal, a chance to freshen up and a bed for the night. Those who have previously offer a ‘homestay’ to the participants point out that it is a chance to lend support in a very tangible way without necessarily having to get on a bike”.
Anyone willing to help can contact him at 086 6027619 or firstname.lastname@example.org