In support of charities involved in suicide prevention: Word Suicide Prevention Day – 10 September 2018.
In the UK alone, one person commits suicide every 90 minutes. In the time it takes to hold one football match, another person has taken their own life. There are increasing numbers of male suicides and it is becoming a silent epidemic with few people willing to talk about their feelings or having somewhere to turn to.
Awesome Rides, Out of the Dark, is a series of night time rides, starting at midnight and riding into the morning, which aim to raise awareness of the problem. All funds raised will finance more help with suicide prevention.
The rides will be organised by well-established cycling Race Directors and cycling enthusiasts, each with their own experience or association with people who have lost friends and loved ones through suicide or know of people who have attempted to take their own life. Working together, the aim is to reduce the number of suicide attempts through pledged donations by cyclists taking part in the rides.
The first Awesome Ride will take place in the West Midlands, starting at midnight on the 10th November and riding into the 11th, Armistice Day, the 100 years anniversary of the end of World War One. The route will pass the iconic sports stadiums in the Midlands. The Hawthorns, Molineux, Bescot, Alexander Stadium, Villa Park, Edgbaston and St Andrews and cover 60 miles of well-lit roads.
The following morning, there is the opportunity to join other cyclists from around the country in a ride to Meriden and a visit to the War Memorial dedicated to the Cyclists of World War One and those members of the Army Cycling Corps who gave their lives for their country. Suicide amongst ex-services personnel is a well-known problem, along with former sports personalities. It is in support of people like this that the route was chosen and the timing of the first event.
There are openings for sports clubs of all kinds to be involved through participation, fundraising or even sponsorship and promotion. Every pound raised will help reduce suicide rates in the UK and improve the general mental health of men and families, generally.
Information is available at www.awesomerides.net, or by calling Peter Davies (07548917010 – office hours) or Carol Clarke (07963 047270 – office hours)