The annual Easter Sunday Waterford cycle for mental health and suicide prevention is now open for registration. The fundraiser, organized by Cllr Liam Brazil, is now in its fourth year and this year it takes place on Easter Sunday, April 1st. All proceeds go directly to providing mental health workshops in County Waterford which are delivered by the Suicide or Survive charity.
According to Suicide or Survive founder and CEO Caroline McGuigan, the annual fundraiser has become an important event in the charity’s calendar.
"I can’t express how grateful we are to Liam and to everyone who saddles up each year to support our work in Waterford. Mental health promotion and suicide prevention is something we need everybody to be part of and this fundraiser is a shining light for how communities can come together to make change." said Caroline.
The fundraiser has raised over €25,080 over the years and the organisers are confident that with community support that this figure can be added to significantly. All funds raised go directly into delivering innovative and accessible mental health programmes for the people of Waterford. These include a fully funded 1 day Wellness Workshops, the 2.5 day Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) programme and the 2.5 day Supporters Programme for those who are supporting others with mental health challenges.
According to Cllr Liam Brazil the cycle is always a great day out and welcomes people of different levels of ability and fitness.
"There’s always a huge feeling of community spirit on the day. Not only are we raising funds for mental health but we’re also creating good mental health by engaging in the cycle and getting out in the fresh air and stretching our legs in the spring air. The atmosphere is always friendly and welcoming and I’d encourage anyone who might be interested to sign up and give it a go."
The 50km cycle starts at Leamybrien and goes through Kilmacthomas, Kilmeaden, Kill, Bunmahon and Durrow before ending up back at the start.
More information on the work of Suicide or Survive can be found at http://www.suicideorsurvive.ie