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Crossmaglen launch of Cycle Against Suicide SpinOff

October 5, 2015

On Saturday 24th October, more than 400 cyclists taking part in Cycle Against Suicide – SpinOff will make their way  through the Ring of Gullion and South Armagh.  The cyclists will leave Crossmaglen at 10.30am and form a very impressive looking orange peloton, travelling to Silverbridge, Forkhill, Slieve Gullion, Meigh, Camlough and back to Crossmaglen.

Since the first Cycle Against Suicide Event in 2012 over 10,000 cyclists have taken part in cycles on all types of bikes and in all types of weather to help spread the message around the island of Ireland that ‘It’s ok not to feel ok and it’s absolutely ok to ask for help’.

The aim of the events is to begin a conversation about mental health; looking after ourselves, reaching out to each other,  making a difference, to reduce stigma around asking for help and ultimately through raising awareness, of the help and support that is available, to break the cycle of suicide on the Island of Ireland.

Monthly SpinOffs are organised by the communities for communities. The Crossmaglen/South Armagh SpinOff is being organised by Damien Martin from Crossmaglen and Joanne Callan from Meigh along with the support of many local schools, businesses and community organisations.

The  SpinOff will have all the colour, energy and fun of the main annual cycle but all packed into a single day. Entertainment, refreshments and a mental wellbeing event will all take place before and after the cycle.

The cycle will be 55km with an average speed of 20kmph.

Cycle Against Suicide SpinOffs are not a race, so the event is suitable for a wide range of cycling abilities, all cyclists stay together, cycling shoulder to shoulder, supporting and encouraging each other along the way.

Speaking to The Examiner following the launch of the Crossmaglen SpinOff on Sunday, Joanne Callan said: “We hope this will be a day for the whole South Armagh Community to get involved in, either by taking part in the cycle or by coming out to welcome the cyclists as they pass through the local area.  Cycle Against Suicide’s key colour is orange and we hope that over the next few weeks the villages, businesses, schools and homes along the route will show their support by getting flags, bunting and positive messages on display to welcome and encourage the cyclists but also to spread the message to local people that ‘It’s ok not to feel ok; and its absolutely ok to ask for help’.”

If you can offer any help or support please get in touch via the Facebook page Cycle Against Suicide – Crossmaglen SpinOff 2015.

You can register for the cycle and find out more by visiting www.cycleagainstsuicide.com.  Registration is also available on the day from 8am – 10am at Crossmaglen Rangers GFC, Dundalk Road, Crossmaglen.

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