May 2nd - Today, 180 Kildare VEC students, along with their teachers and Kildare Footballers Johnny Doyle and Davy Dalton, completed a relay cycle around each of the 9 VEC schools in the county to raise funds and indeed awareness of positive mental health in young people. The two routes converged at 2.30pm in the Kildare VEC Head Office in Naas where two cheques to the value of Euro 3,600 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 9 schools in Kildare VEC.
As a result of a number of recent tragedies in the county and in support of positive mental health in young people, the idea to organise a cycle was born. Paul Murphy, Principal in Ard Scoil, Rathangan spearheaded the event. The 9 secondary schools in Kildare VEC 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. 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 coverged in HQ for the presentation. The entire cycle exceeded 120 km.
Commenting on the success of the event, 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 Euro 7000 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.