(Picture: Ewan Kavanagh, Reuben Kavanagh, and Jack Harris in training for the fundraising event taking place this Saturday from 4pm till 4pm on Sunday at the Orchard Inn, Letterkenny)
Do you fancy doing a spin on a bike for charity this Saturday or Sunday?
If so, make your way to the Orchard Inn, High Road, Letterkenny for a ride with a difference this weekend. The event will be held from 4.00pm on Saturday until 4.00pm on Sunday.
The charity spin will help a group of friends undertaking a personal challenge - cycling the length of the country.
Gavin Harris, Cathal Wilson, Adrian Wilson, Carl Wilson (Australia), Robert Kavanagh, Marty Burke, Wesley Moore, and Michael Russell love their cycling and more often than not, can be spotted cycling the highways and byways of the county.
They are also eager not only to compete their biggest challenge to date, but to raise a bit of cash in the process.
Group member, Robert Kavanagh, said as the Mizen to Malin cycle was no longer a novelty, they decided that the aim of the project would be to focus and promote Jigsaw Donegal, and raise money for that organisation.
Jigsaw Donegal provides a free and confidential support service for young people aged 15-25, with a drop-in centre on Pearse Road, Letterkenny. As part of the national network supported by Headstrong, the National centre for Youth Mental Health, Jigsaw Donegal aims to make sure that young people's voices are heard and get the right support, where and when they need it.
When something gets you down, or you are stressed or bothered, it can be hard to know where to turn. Jigsaw Donegal is there to help for the times when there is a lot to deal with - studies, work, friends, family, sexual relationships, drugs, and alcohol can all pile on the pressure. Jigsaw's support workers are there to listen, and to help you work out where you want to be.
Young people are welcome to drop-in to chat or meet with one of its support workers during the following times: Monday - Wednesday, 4.00pm-6.00pm, Thursday 4.00pm-8.00pm, and it is closed on Bank Holiday Monday's.
"It's a bit like that Bruce Springsteen song 'We Take Care of Our Own', that's what we'd like to think we're doing with this charity cycle, and as all money raised will go directly to Jigsaw, we think it will be worth the effort," said Robert.
According to Robert the riders taking part are self-funded so all money raised will go directly to Jigsaw Donega and will be used for the sole purpose of hiring an additional clinical person to assist with the over-whelming demand on the service.
This Saturday, everyone is welcome to come along and do a half-hour spin on their specially erected bikes at the Orchard Inn. Do your stint and contribute to their fundraising efforts.
The cyclist's main event will take place between Thursday, August 28th and Sunday, August 31st, when they arrive back in Donegal from Mizen.
So, if you meet the lads this weekend, or at any of the fundraising events they will be hosting over the coming weeks and months, become part of the bigger picture and help them complete this 'jigsaw'.
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