Tour of the Lakelands Cycle Challenge through Longford

Tour of the Lakelands Cycle Challenge through Longford

The first ‘Tour of the Lakelands Cycle Challenge’ is set to take place on Saturday April 15 at 9am in aid of Good2Talk Pieta House.

The novel cycle, which will incorporate three legs; first leg Mullingar to Athlone, second Athlone to Longford and third Longford back to Mullingar, is set to attract a large crowd with cycling enthusiast and families alike taking part.

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny has confirmed he will be taking on the ‘Tour of the Lakelands Cycle Challenge’ after he was invited by organisation committee member and local Fianna Fáil TD Robert Troy.

“The thought behind the cycle is, not only to raise much needed funds for Good2Talk and Pieta House, but also to raise awareness in a joint advocacy capacity for mental health issues in the midlands of Ireland.  I am delighted the Taoiseach has agreed to participate as we are hoping to attract across-the-board support for the event, which we envisage growing into an annual awareness fundraiser for mental health services in the Midlands,” stated Troy.

Victor Connell of Good2Talk Longford, explained how all help is needed to create an event that will grow annually and raise much needed funds for the town’s service.

“Good2Talk Longford are delighted to be part of the ‘Tour of the Lakelands’.

“It’s an opportunity for all of us to come together to create awareness around mental health and what services are available in the midlands region.

“The concept of our event is inline with the HSE's 'Connecting for Life' strategy which works to build unity with services to ensure every town and person has a facility they can go to if feeling down or if they want to talk.

“We would encourage everybody from all walks of life to get involved and make this a real fun day whilst also supporting Good2Talk and Pieta House,” he said.

To register for the tour, visit www.eventbrite.com and search 'Tour of the Lakelands' or email victorconnell@gmail.com for more information.