2nd May 2015
The Athlone Division of Iarnród Éireann is well represented on the Cycle against Suicide, and Damien Milton (left) sent this report at Athlone on Friday 1st May, where the team were taking a break on the Longford to Birr leg.
We've had a fantastic day so far and the weather has been great. We set off from Longford at 10am this morning and travelled for about 20km where we had a quick break for refreshments. We then travelled on to Athlone via Roscommon and the atmosphere along the route has been brilliant, many thanks to all those in their houses who came out cheering us along the route.
The lunch break was in the Athlone Community College and it was quite a humbling experience the way we were received by the students who lined both sides of the road to welcome us to their school. A marvellous meal was provided and then there was some motivational speeches to the students by the chief organiser of the event, Jim Breen. He reminded the students and the cyclists what the whole cycle is about, "it's ok not to feel ok and it's absolutely ok to ask for help."
So it's on to Birr for the second half of the day, there will be some tired limbs tomorrow but it was so worth it and all my colleagues and I are delighted to have played a small part in it.
Well done to Damien and all participating in the event. Be sure to visit the Cycle against Suicide website to learn more, and there'll be further updates from our team during the remainder of the event, which continues until 10th May.