Pieta cycle gets underway this weekend

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Pieta 100 Cycle Ambassador Paula MacSweeney at the launch at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.
Pieta 100 Cycle Ambassador Paula MacSweeney at the launch at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.
Pieta 100 Cycle Ambassador Paula MacSweeney at the launch at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

THE PIETA 100 charity cycle gets underway in Limerick from Mungret/ St Paul’s GAA Club at 9am this Sunday, September 25.

After a successful debut last year, the Pieta 100 has expanded from three locations to nine in 2016. Last year, the cycles raised nearly €100,000, funds that help to keep Pieta’s life-saving counselling services free.

This year people can saddle up for the 100k or 50k events in Cork, Dublin, Galway, Kerry, Kildare, Kilkenny/Carlow, Tipperary/Offaly, Waterford and Limerick.

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Pieta House chief executive Brian Higgins, who has recently finished a 1,000km rickshaw road-trip across Ireland to raise awareness of the stigma around suicide and mental health issues, says there are many reasons why the Pieta 100 should appeal to people.

“It’s an exciting thing to be involved in. We wanted to build on the momentum of support that we have amassed from Darkness Into Light,” he explained.

“The Pieta 100 is open to individuals and teams, but everyone is in this together – it’s not a race. It’s about starting and finishing a journey in a time that suits you and that’s a reflection of how our work at Pieta House is done. It’s about engaging with people and sitting alongside them on a journey and that journey can take as long as it needs to for that person. We want to travel alongside them and support them.”

For more details and to register visit www.pieta100cycle.com or call 061-484448.

by Alan Jacques

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