“Cycle Around Ireland” Spotlights Mental Health
By Olivia O’Mahony, Editorial Assistant
October / November 2016
Former Irish international hockey player Lisa Jacob and competitive triathlete turned pilot Nikki Dorey were the first all-female duo cyclists to complete the 1,336-mile “Cycle Around Ireland” course, which they did after just five and a half straight days. The two used the milestone feat to fund-raise €100,000 for Irish mental health charity Suicide or Survive, with special emphasis on emotional wellbeing among LGBT youth.
“The funds they are raising are so important as we continue to work together to address the tremendous pain and suffering associated with mental health and suicide in Ireland,” said Suicide or Survive CEO Caroline McGuigan. “We encourage everyone to get behind these heroes.”
In the run up to the event, pilot Dorey said she knew it wouldn’t be easy: “I fully expect to find myself in the depths of pain and despair, but I also fully expect to have some of the most amazing experiences doing this.” ♦