The race is on to find the fastest team in the West of Ireland as Galway Samaritans launch their 40th Anniversary Cyclathon challenge.
This Saturday, April 26, in Eyre Square at 10am will see up to 100 teams assemble in the Samaritans' marquee to compete on exercise bikes in a 40 minute dash in a series of 10 races throughout the day.
The years will be rolled back as 40 of Galway’s All-Ireland medal winning stars from the past few decades saddle up to support Galway Samaritans in raising awareness and much needed funds. The Connolly brothers, Iggy Clarke, Ja Fallon, Gerry McInerney, Ray Silke, Sharon Glynn, Derek Savage, Therese Maher, and Annette Clarke among others will get on their bikes against members of the current Galway team in the 'race of champions'.
Teams are invited to attend by registering at sams40.com and it is hoped that local businesses, gyms, and sports clubs will take part on the day. In the marquee will be teas/coffees and cakes, a Galway in Photos exhibition, and a number of guest speakers on the day. It will culminate in a light show finale.
Brent Pope, one of Ireland's best known and respected media personalities and regarded as a national spokesperson for mental health issues, will be talking about his own difficulties in this area. Peter Roche, Cathaoirleach of Galway County Council, will share his experience of raising awareness on crisis support and suicide prevention services.
The event begins at 10am in Eyre Square with the launch in the marquee followed by the first race of the day. The Galway Rose of Tralee entrants will be there to offer their support.
Samaritans provides help for anyone in distress or despair and is there to provide emotional support 24 hours a day. The local branch at 14 Nuns Island is currently under renovation and the organisation is looking for funds to complete the work and continue its work in Galway.
If you cannot make it on the day but would like to contribute, you can do so online at www.idonate.ie/galwaysamaritans or by sending your donation by post to No 12 Dock Street, Galway.