Knockbeg College on the Laois/Carlow border recently went orange in a day of activity to support the Cycle Against Suicide organisation.
Cycle Against Suicide aims to raise awareness of the supports available for people with suicidal thoughts, and features an annual cycle across Ireland.
On Friday, February 8, the whole of Knockbeg College participated in Cycle Against Suicide’s Go Orange Day.
The day began on a serious note with two speakers addressing the students.
Jackie Fox talked about her daughter who died by suicide after she was subjected to ongoing online bullying. The second speaker gave the students a lesson on web safety.
At break there was a fundraising bake sale. Afterwards the whole school went on a two kilometre walk.
This was followed by relays, rounds, egg & spoon races and sack race competitions. Then it got really fun, when the students played inflatable games of bubble soccer and gladiators.
After lunch the students participated in a final event, a tug of war against each other and the teachers, in a fun and competitive spirit.
The Cycle Against Suicide motto It’s OK not to feel OK and it’s absolutely OK to ask for help, was promoted throughout the day, ended with a raffle and amedal ceremony. The fundraising day was organised by teachers Ms Egan, Mr Attride, Ms Hott and Mr Stapleton.
“It was enjoyed immensely by all and €530 was raised for this worthy organisation,” said Ms Egan.