3rd Annual 3 Town charity Cycle 2015

The day is fast approaching for this years main fundraising event. On July 18th 2015, the 3rd Annual GELS 3 Town Charity Cycle will take place.

Last Year we saw over 150 people take to the roads and cycle one of two routes, and this year we have planned to make it even bigger and better. We had 2 routes last year and we now have 3 to choose from this year. A 20 km for the family, a 60 km for the more active cyclist and the 100 km for the more accomplished cyclist.

The day will start in The Birchgrove Bar with registration commencing at 10 am. The first set of cyclists to leave will be those taking part in the 100 km route and they will depart The Birchgove at 11:30 am. Next up is the 60 km route at 12 pm and then the 20 km route will head out at 12:30 pm,

Each route will have designated pit stops for people to re-energise, take in some food and water and get their strength back

The finishing point for each rout is where they started, The Birchgrove Bar. PJ, his family and staff will have a BBQ starting at 6pm with live entertainment planned for the night also.

Playing on the night will be local band Pacifica, This is a local band who are very well known around Ballinasloe, Loughrea and Athlone. They will have the fantastic voice of Rachel Goode with them on the night. As well as Pacifica they have DJ Stephen Blake planned also. To say this guy is entertaining is an understatement.

We were privilaged to have both these act support us last year and we are only delighted they have decided to do the entertainment again this year.

On the night we have our raffle with many spot prizes up for grabs. The main prize is A choice of either a male or female bicycle + helmet + A years membership to Ballinasloe Cycling Club, this amazing prize has been supplied by Barry Taylor of Taylors Cycles in Ballinasloe and we cannot thank him enough for his generosity!

If anybody has any questions, needs more information, would like to help volunteer and run the cycle or even would like to donate a spot prize we can be contacted by:

  • GELS – 085 123 7878
  • Arthur Carr – Event Co-Ordinator 085 802 1100
  • eastgalwaylife@gmail.com
  • Facebook

Galway East Life Support  – Saving Lives Through Education, Prevention, Awareness & Support


Littlethings Mental Health Campaign

Llittlethings is a new mental health and wellbeing social marketing campaign developed by the National Office for Suicide Prevention. The campaign has three messages to share. We want to increase the number of people who believe and know that the following are true:


  1.       We all experience life’s storms – the day-to-day difficulties that are an ordinary, everyday part of life – things like stress, grief, and feeling down, worried or anxious.
  2.       There are things that you can do for yourself and others that will have a positive impact on how you feel and how you cope.
  3.       You can find out more about the #littlethings and about mental wellbeing on www.yourmentalhealth.ie


Part of the #littlethings campaign is putting local initiatives in place that will help improve people’s wellbeing through simple practices. Galway Mental Health Service has put forward a plan to increase awareness of the importance of physical exercise when minding your mental health.

The campaign slogan is:

The More You Move the Better Your Mood

We have two interlinked projects on the 14th June.

  • The first one is that we want people to take to the Salthill promenade on Sunday, 14th June at 1.30pm to support the campaign. We are inviting all activity/sports based clubs to participate; issuing invitations to partner organisations; public representatives and the general public to walk on the day.
  • Secondly, Galway will be playing Mayo in the Connacht Football semi-final in Pearse Stadium that afternoon and we will be doing a number of initiatives with the GAA in the stadium.  We will be handing out stickers and wallet cards to the football fans at the turnstiles – similar to the successful approach that was taken at the Volvo Ocean Race Mental Health Matters campaign.


We will be working closely with the GAA and the Galway Sports Partnership; the GAA is a partner in the Littlethings campaign nationally.


We are seeking your support in the following ways:


  1. We would like you to encourage as many people as possible to take part in our walk.  We will assemble at the Claddagh Hall at1.00pm for a photo opportunity and launch.  It will take approx. 25 minutes to walk to Pearse Stadium.
  2. At the turnstiles of Pearse Stadium, we will need 40 volunteers to hand out stickers and wallet cards from 2.00 to 3.45pm.  Again we would really appreciate your support in helping us to recruit volunteers to carry out this task.
  3. We would like to invite you and your volunteers to a short training and preparation event, to allocate tasks and answer any questions.  The provisional date set for this is Friday morning, 5th June at Jigsaw Building in Galway at 12 noon.


Please contact Mary O’Sullivan at:  091 560182 or email mary.osullivan@hse.ie by Wednesday, 3rd June, to confirm your attendance at the walk and/or Pearse Stadium. Also please provide me with details of any volunteers you have also nominated to support us at Pearse Stadium.