Cyclists invited to sign up for SOS Shankill charity event

by Rebecca Ryan
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SOS Shankill 120 cycle takes place on Saturday May 26th

Throngs of cyclists will take part in a popular cycle from Skankill to Arklow to raise funds and awareness for suicide prevention.

Now in its 4th year, the SOS Shankill 120 cycle is open to both seasoned cyclists or for those who just fancy a more leisurely spin. The event on May 26 has two routes to choose from.

The 120 kilometres cycle from Brady’s Pub in Shankill to the Arklow Sports & Leisure Centre in Arklow and return, or a shorter option of 60km from Brady’s Pub Shankill to the Grove Bar Kilpeddar and return.

The day starts at 9am and funds raised will go to Shankill based national mental health charity, Suicide or Survive, to help them continue to deliver its life changing programmes throughout the country and challenge the stigma surrounding suicide and mental health.

Cyclists will be welcomed by Brady’s pub in Shankill in the morning with a complimentary breakfast at registration and again on their return for a free evening BBQ, live DJ and fun late into the evening, thanks to the sponsorship of Brady’s pub.

All cyclists will receive an SOS Branded Cycling Jersey, and complimentary refreshments and snacks at the halfway stop-off to re-fuel for the return cycle on both routes, thanks to sponsors.

Suicide or Survive founder Caroline McGuigan is calling on people to be part of the event: “We are really excited about this year’s event and really grateful to all who are taking part and supporting us. Last year was a great success and there was a huge community spirit and a great day out was had by people from all walks of life.

“The cycle also helps effect real change in our communities. We are asking people to sign-up and get involved and to contact us if they want more information.”

If you are interested in taking part in this event,  you can register online for €40 at www.suicideorsurvive.ie or www.tinyurl.com/SOScycle

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