Pedal Power: An Taoiseach Enda Kenny to take part in Lakelands Cycle Challenge to raise funds for Good2Talk in Longford

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Pedal Power: An Taoiseach Enda Kenny to take part in Lakelands Cycle Challenge  to raise funds for Good2Talk in Longford

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

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 family’s alike taking part.

A 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 Deputy Troy. 

Mr 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."

Mr Connell added, "You can register for the race online by going intowww.eventbrite.ie and clicking on ‘Tour of the Lakelands’ or on the ‘Tour of the Lakelands’ Facebook page. We are also looking for people to sign up as volunteers to help on the day in Longford and on the route. We really need all the help and support we can get to ensure the event is a success and to bring our three towns and surrounding villages together in solidarity for mental health awareness."

The ‘Tour of the Lakelands’ can be completed by cycling one leg such as the Longford to Mullingar route which is 43km or by taking on the complete challenge, the three legs, which is 140km. Professional race jerseys are available to purchase in advance online and sponsorship cards can be collected from the Good2Talk office at 2 Keon’s Terrace, Old Dublin Road, Longford. 

All proceeds will go to Good2Talk Longford & Mullingar and Pieta House in Athlone.

For more information or to sign up as a volunteer please contact me on victorconnell@gmail.com  or visit the ‘Tour of the Lakelands’ Facebook page.