Cycle Against Suicide 2015 is a very important endeavour to raise awareness about sources of help and support for those affected by or at risk of suicide. In particular, there is need for more local volunteers to help as the cycle passes through our towns.
The Cycle Against Suicide starts in Belfast on 27th April and will end in Dublin 14 days later. Most of the cyclists have themselves lost a family member or friend to suicide and are taking part to raise awareness, so that another family does not have to go through the same trauma of losing a loved one to suicide. The first overnight stop is Coleraine, where 300 cyclists will need overnight accommodation provided by local volunteers. The volunteer co-ordination team have been working hard to find local people who can offer homestay accommodation, but they have asked for our help in finding more people who can help. Do you know anyone who would like to help provide a warm North Coast welcome for a charity cyclist?
Being a ‘Homestay’ volunteer would involve putting your name forward as offering an overnight stay for one (or more) of the cyclists on the evening of 27th April. The Cyclists will come in to Coleraine at around 6pm and converge at a local school where their bikes will be stored overnight. You would then take your assigned cyclist home, provide them with an evening meal and access to bath/shower facilities and a bed for the night. Then in the morning you would take the cyclist back into Coleraine for a 9.00 start. Homestay volunteers are the key source of support for this endeavour every year, enabling hundreds of cyclists to complete the whole 1,400km route for this important cause.
If you are not able to offer accommodation, there are other ways that you can help. Marshals are needed for the evening of 27th April to help the PSNI with traffic and parking. If you have been involved in similar public events such as the Northwest 200 as a Marshal, your help would be invaluable. It would only be for the evening of 27th April from late afternoon to early evening in Coleraine.
Volunteers are also needed to put up and take down again (very important) various posters, balloons and ribbons which will be supplied to decorate the approach into the key towns that the Cycle will be passing through, to welcome the cyclists and show our support. This would be an ideal volunteering opportunity for teams from schools, youth clubs etc.
If you think you could help with any of these areas, please get in touch with Causeway Volunteer Centre 028 703 58285, email [email protected]!