HOSTS WANTED: Julett Culloty is seeking host families in Killarney for this year’s Cycle Against Suicide. Photo: Michelle Crean
By Michelle Crean
Participants in this year’s Cycle Against Suicide will be wheeling into town on May 1 next – and organisers are calling on the people of Killarney to offer up a bed for one night .
Up to 150 cyclists are taking part in the event which includes two stops in Kerry – first in Listowel followed by Killarney.
Homestay hosts are needed to give the cyclists a meal and a place to stay for the night, Julett Culloty, Killarney coordinator explained to the Killarney Advertiser this week.
“We are looking for hosts for Wednesday May 1,” Julett said.
“They have to be in a 20 mile radius of Killarney town. The cyclists will arrive at 5pm at Killarney Community College. The hosts will meet them there and take them home for a meal and give them a bed for the night. The bikes will stay at the community college overnight. We’d just ask that they bring the cyclists back to the school by 9am the following morning as the cycle begins at 9.30am.”
Former Kerry Rose, Julett (29), got involved through her friend Maria Conway in Lixnaw, who is an annual participant in the cycle.
“It’s all about awareness,” Julett said.
“The cyclists stop in different towns and villages along the way where they raise awareness and make their presence known. It’s not about fundraising, it’s about awareness and the message ‘It’s OK not to feel OK, and it is absolutely OK to ask for help’. Our main thing is to find hosts to accommodate them.”
Anyone who has a bed to offer can contact Julett on 087 4125680 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.