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Cycle Against Suicide comes to CEIST Schools

Cycle Against Suicide is an initiative started by Irish entrepreneur, Jim Breen, as a result of his appearance on RTE’s The Secret Millionaire programme.

The main objective of the Cycle is to raise awareness of the considerable help and supports that are available for anyone battling depression, self harm, at risk of suicide or those bereaved by suicide.

This year the Cycle started yesterday, Monday 28th April and will continue until Sunday, May 11th. On its first day two CEIST schools figured prominently.

Starting off from Dublin yesterday morning the cyclists stopped off in St. Mary’s College, Naas before setting off for St. Leo’s College Carlow – a journey of 52KM’s.

A member of the CEIST team was present in St. Mary’s Naas to receive the cyclists and see first hand the great efforts the school community went to for the event.

There were two themes of the day – firstly “it’s ok not to be ok” and secondly “you’re lovely, you’re loveable and you’re loved”.

At a reception in the school the cyclists were given a heros welcome and a number of local celebrities spoke at the event.

As you can see from the photos below orange was the colour of today and there were plenty of brightness and smiles all around.

We would like to compliment both St. Mary’s College, Naas and St. Leo’s College, Carlow on their great work yesterday as well as those members of our other schools who participated in the cycle including Coláiste Bríde, Clondalkin, St Mary's Secondary School, Macroom (Thursday 1st May) and St Brigid's Secondary School, Killarney (Friday 2nd May) that we are aware of and possibly many more! 

Photos

Members of the student council managing the gates at St Mary's College, Naas. 

Pictured above are St Mary's College, Naas School Principal, Rita McCabe on left with Board of Management member, Sr Brigid along with one of the celebrity speakers for the day. 

The cyclists enter the school gates in St Mary's Naas on their first stop from Dublin. After cycling 42 km refreshments in St Mary's were well deserved!!

The students of St Mary's line the avenue of the school as they prepare to welcome the cyclists.

St Leo's College Carlow participate in Cycle Against Suicide.

Pictured above are participants from St Leo's College Carlow in Cycle Against Suicide.

Videos

St. Leo's Carlow Cycle Against Suicide 2014 from Niamh Smith on Vimeo.

St Marys Happy Dance Only from Allyn Quigley on Vimeo.