180 Kildare students in VEC charity cycle

Kildare VEC 'Life Cycle' cheque presentation to Pieta House on Thursday, May 2, pictured, Richard Daly, Athy College, Ciaran Keegan, Colaiste Lorcain, Castledermot; Naas Mayor Willie Callaghan, Sean Ashe CEO Kildare VEc presenting the cheque for 3,600 Euro to Patricia Moloney on behalf of Pieta House; Johnny Doyle, Kildare GAA; Mary Lonergan, St. Conleth's Newbridge; Eric Gaughran, Curragh Post Primary, Paul Murphy, Ard Scoil Rathangan; with St. Conleth's students holding banner Jessica Turner (left) and Gerry Kenny.                                  Photo Tony Keane.
Over 180 Kildare VEC students, their teachers and Kildare footballers present and past, Johnny Doyle and Davy Dalton got on their bikes last week to promote postive mental health.

Over 180 Kildare VEC students, their teachers and Kildare footballers present and past, Johnny Doyle and Davy Dalton got on their bikes last week to promote postive mental health.

The cyclists completed a relay cycle around each of the nine VEC schools in the county to raise funds and suicide awareness.

“The two routes converged at 2.30pm in the Kildare VEC Head Office in Naas where two cheques to the value of E3,600 each were presented by C.E.O Seán Ashe to Pieta House and Kildare Mental Health Association on behalf of all students and staff in the nine schools in Kildare VEC,” said VEC spokesperson, Anna Wafer.

Anna explained how the cycle came about as a result of a number of recent tragedies in the county. In support of positive mental health in young people, Paul Murphy, Principal in Ard Scoil, Rathangan was the chief organiser. The nine secondary schools selected 20 students from each school to take part.

“Along with their teachers, in many cases principals, the students on the southern route cycled from Coláiste Lorcáin in Castledermot to Athy Community College. Students from Athy then cycled the thirty kilometer ride to Árdscoil Rathangan where they met students who then cycled to The Curragh Post Primary School,” added Anna.

“The Curragh students then made their way to St. Conleth’s in Newbridge who in turn cycled to Kildare VEC HQ. The northern route saw students and staff leave Confey Community College at 8am where they cycled to Maynooth Post Primary. From there the Maynooth team cycled to St. Farnan’s Post Primary School in Prosperous. The Prosperous students cycled to Pipers Hill where their team converged in HQ for the presentation. The entire cycle exceeded 120 km.”

C.E.O of Kildare VEC Seán Ashe said: “I am thrilled with the coordination between the nine schools in today’s Life Cycle to promote positive mental health among all our students. I wish to congratulate the principals, teachers and all our students on raising over E7,000 for our two charities.”

Fundraising took place in each school over the past two weeks in the form of non-uniform days and various other activities.

- Niamh O’Donoghue