Why? - well there are many reasons and I have picked three.
I love cycling and I also want to achievesomething for both myself and Addiction NI. At my age crossing the Monts d'Aree is a challenge and I hope I am still up to it but whatever happens it is a trip that I will enjoy.
Addiction NI does fantastic work. I have been involved with the organisation for 20 years and have always felt that it
deserves support and recognition for that work. Addiction is not the easiest cause to raise money for and yet, if we think about it, we all know someone who is directly or indirectly affected by alcohol misuse. We know people who suffer silently but at a cost to their loved ones and to their close family. It could be a family member, a work colleague or oneself. . I could go on but, put simply, Addiction NI is there to provide professional and confidential support whenever you need help. Just by "walking through the door" or “picking up the phone” you can get help. The service is brilliant and it works.
My last reason is this. Our best advocates and volunteers are very young. Many are still at school or have recently left. They produce videos, they volunteer, they utilise social media and they are prepared to talk about alcohol and addiction in a way that my generation does not. So now that I have more time I want to try and break that generational cycle of both addiction and the shame and silence surrounding this issue by challenging myself and asking for your help and support.