Thousands of orange-clad cyclists will arrive into Kilkenny and stop at a local secondary school next month, as part of the Cycle Against Suicide.
Organisers have revealed that the event is on target to have nearly three times the number of participants as it did in 2013. Up to 7,000 people are expected to take part over the course of the two-week cycle around Ireland.
The peloton of cyclists will break for lunch in CBS Kilkenny before travelling on to Waterford, where the cycle will stop overnight. An event will be held at the school promoting positive mental health, with students, members of the community and high profile speakers taking part.
Students in CBS Kilkenny have been making preparations for months now for the arrival of over 1,000 cyclists on April 29. The school has had a series of talks on achieving and maintaining positive mental health. A static bike has also been set up so the students can get in some practice.
The peloton will get a musical welcome, with the school choir and a fifth year band – heralding their arrival.
“Our whole school community of staff, parents and friends are excited about this initiative,” said CBS Kilkenny teacher Lucy Ryan.
“The boys in particular are full of drive and energy and a particular word of thanks to the huge efforts of our Cairdeas groups - 5th years and TY mentors – in helping our younger students.
To volunteer with Cycle Against Suicide, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit www.cycleagainstsuicide.com, where you can also register for any or all of the days in the two-week cycle. Registration is €40 and there is a special rate of €20 for students or the unwaged.