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  • Northside West

Saddle up for Giro D’Jigsaw

Tuesday, 7th August, 2018 7:59am
Saddle up for Giro D’Jigsaw

Rebecca Murphy, Mike Mansfield and John Williams from the Jigsaw team are joined by Laura Scott (centre right) from BoxyMo to launch the BoxyMo Giro D’Jigsaw.

Saddle up for Giro D’Jigsaw

Rebecca Murphy, Mike Mansfield and John Williams from the Jigsaw team are joined by Laura Scott (centre right) from BoxyMo to launch the BoxyMo Giro D’Jigsaw.

CYCLISTS are being invited to take part in a 470km ride across Ireland for three days from Friday, September 28, to support youth mental health.

The BoxyMo Giro D’Jigsaw aims to raise money for Jigsaw to support the mental health of Ireland’s young people at its centres, including those in Dublin city and Dublin 15.

Nial O’Higgans, a participant in last year’s event, says every home in Ireland has been impacted on by mental health challenges at one time or another.

“I was looking for a challenge I could take on to help me make a difference and the BoxyMo Giro D’Jigsaw really fitted the bill,” he said.

“From the moment you register to the moment you set out on the road, Jigsaw support and encourage you through your fundraising, training and completing the three days in the saddle.

“The camaraderie amongst everyone taking part was brilliant, the different stories shared, the laughs and craic both on and off the bike.

“The friendships I made were the highlight of my Giro, and 12 months on we’re all still in touch and regularly meet at sportives around the country.”

The BoxyMo Giro D’Jigsaw is aiming to raise over €50,000 from this year’s event to support Jigsaw’s work improving the lives of young people experiencing mental health difficulties.

Starting in Galway on Friday, September 28 cyclists will travel for three days through communities all across Ireland where Jigsaw services are located - including counties Roscommon, Meath, Dublin and Offaly.

Participants will experience the life of a cycle pro with support provided throughout, and the chance to get their hands on a coveted BoxyMo Giro D’Jigsaw cycling jersey, which is only presented to those who have taken on the challenge.

“Last year’s BoxyMo Giro D’Jigsaw raised an incredible €54,000, but we want to smash that this year,” said Justin Mcdermott from Jigsaw.

“You can sign-up to take part online now at jigsaw.ie/giro.

“We’re asking everyone across Ireland to show their support by sponsoring family members, friends and colleagues who are taking part, and to come and cheer them along as the BoxyMo Giro D’Jigsaw pedals its way through communities across Ireland.”

Places on the Giro D’Jigsaw are limited, and people can register to take part online now at jigsaw.ie/giro.

Jigsaw Services give young people a place they can visit for free and confidential support from trained mental health professionals. 

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