About Raw

About

My brother Eoin O'Connell tragically took his own life on 2nd January 1985. He was 20 years old. Many others followed the same route and passed on before their time.

Please help to raise awareness of mental health issues that lead to suicide and support Pieta House prevent it. You can help by participating in the Ride Atlantic Way cycle event or giving whatever you can using the "Give now" button. Pieta house estimate it costs on average €1,000 to provide a service for each individual so together we can provide the means to save 25 lives. I've created this event because I want to make a difference. You can make a difference by joining me on the road or spread the word by sharing my page with your friends and family. Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot!

Gerard aka Gearoid


RAW Afilliations

Pieta House

Pieta House provides a free, therapeutic approach to people who are in suicidal distress and those who engage in self-harm.

Mind

Provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. Campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.

Wild Atlantic Way

The worlds longest defined coastal touring route. From the safe haven of Kinsale hasbour to the wind-whipped tip of Malin head ...


Gerard O'Connell:

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Born and raised in Killimer, Co Clare, went to school in St Flannans College Ennis followed by a Business Studies degree at University College Galway (now NUIG).

There were few opportunities in Ireland in 1986 so I followed a well trodden path to London and joined the emerging IT world.

Used to operate as a small business in the IT sector selling services to FTSE 100 clients. Did some work on Irish government projects for BearingPoint in Dublin c2006. Eventually moved onto introducing data governance best practice to financial institutions back in London.

Cycling started simply as a means of transport in west Clare. After moving to London I used my bike to explore. Eventually cycle/commuting two or three days a week. Cycling was a wonderful way to arrive in the office ready to go and then wind down on the journey home.

Am re-training as a Cycling Coach. Gained British Cycling Level 1 qualification in 2016 and will complete Level 2 in 2017.

Living in West London with longtime partner Eileen. Member of local cycling group SaddleDrunk who ride in Richmond Park, Surrey Hills and the Chilterns. Keen tennis player, sailor, walker and semi-retired windsurfer.


Volunteers

All participants are volunteers. Fantastic people who are giving their time and energy to promote a cause that fires their passion

Rider:

Everybody is welcome, nobody gets left behind, as numbers increase we break into groups

Stage Leader:

Leads a stage or the ride, maintains all groups in one peloton for first 5km, identifies start & end locations, identifies Group Leaders for a stage. May also by a Group Leader.

Group Leader:

Lead a group following supplied Garmin route, maintains awareness of all riders and keeps group together, maintain safety and set example, where rider punctures the group leader is responsible for the group and should not stay with the individual - it may be appropriate to ask another to remain with the individual.


Rider Logistics

If numbers justify it - organise water / snack stops, refreshments at beginning and end.

Publicity:

Raise awareness - by engaging local media, local cycling clubs & other sports clubs and other community groups.

Sponsorship:

Identify and bring sponsors on board.

Donations:

Supplement online donations with local events - for example : quiz, cake sale