Cycle Against Suicide in partnership with Homestay.com, is looking for Longford homeowners, to provide overnight accommodation on Thursday, April 30 for the cyclists taking part.
Local Homestay Coordinator, Lisa Brady explained, “The Cycle will be arriving into Longford on April 30 and we are looking for 300 beds to host this year’s participants and play our part in spreading the message, that ‘it’s ok not to feel ok; and it’s absolutely ok to ask for help’.”
If you or someone you know, lives in or near Longford and can provide a participant with a bed and meal, contact Lisa at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 087 7786834 or check out www.cycleagainstsuicide.com/homestay
The cycle which begins in Belfast on Monday, April 27 and ends in Dublin on Sunday, May 10, covers 1,400 kms and the Homestay programme provides an opportunity for people to open up their homes to the participants, providing them with a warm meal, a chance to freshen up and a bed for the night.
Research shows that this is a hugely rewarding experience for both the homeowner and the cyclist alike. It provides a chance to lend support in a very tangible way to Cycle Against Suicide without necessarily taking part in the cycle.
In a testimonial, Leonie from Longford said, “I heard about Cycle Against Suicide last year and followed its progress on the Facebook page. Little did I know that 12 months later, as the Cycle enters its third year, that myself and my husband would have lost two close friends to suicide.
“When I heard that the Cycle was stopping in my hometown of Longford, I knew I had to get involved and signed up as a homestay host immediately. What Cycle Against Suicide is doing is amazing and I look forward to opening my door to the cyclists.”
Alan Clarke, Homestay.com CEO, said they’re delighted to partner Cycle Against Suicide as it is making inroads in many communities and providing valuable support.