In September 2017, individuals, families and communities were invited to participate in LifeSpan Newcastle’s ‘Cycle around the Globe’ initiative to raise awareness of suicide prevention in the Newcastle region.
UPDATE: A total of 2,273kms supported World Suicide Prevention Day, 450kms of which were pedalled by Everymind colleagues. A fantastic effort by all!
The individual prize went to Nadine Tilley and the group prize went to the Newcastle Tri Club. Check out the photo gallery below.
On Sunday 17 September, members of the Newcastle Triathlon Club came together to race their bikes over 500kms collectively, as part of the campaign, with 50 participants taking part in their Swim, Bike, Run season opening event.
President of the Newcastle Triathlon Club, James Staciwa, provided the following account of the day, and shared his personal experience on how riding has helped improved his mental health and wellbeing.
“It was a beautiful spring day to start the season and it was great to see so many people out. We were also there to help one of our athletes who was left paralysed after a horrible bike crash earlier this year.
“I've unfortunately been somewhat too close to the dark side of depression and I'm thankful that I found sport. The ability to ride for me is the feeling of being free and of escaping; it’s why I choose to ride to and from work each and every day.
“As my wife and my co-workers say, “I am happier when I have been on my bike”. There is also a sense of camaraderie and mateship gained from riding with others.
“When you’re on your bike boundaries are broken. It doesn't matter how old you are, how much you earn, what you do or where you live. You are riding and as a rider and we always welcome another pedal pusher.
“There is a massive sense of pride and enjoyment that I get each and every time that we help someone else get on a bike and experience either their first ride of their first race. I know we have the power to help them get even more from their lives and cycling has always been a way to help explore, push the boundaries and catch a glimpse of the potential of what is truly possible.”
The LifeSpan Newcastle team thanks James and the Newcastle Triathlon Club for participating in ‘Cycle Around the Globe’ and for sharing messages of hope to others in the community as part of this year’s World Suicide Prevention Day campaign.