> Some time after I had the idea of supporting the crowdfunding campaign through my bikepacking journey to Iceland, I found out that the International Association for Suicide Prevention almost does the same.
Each year, around the World Suicide Prevention Day, the IASP proposes the Cycle Around the Globe challenge: jointly cycle a distance equal to the circumference of our Earth (i.e. 40.075 kilometres), to raise awareness about the risk factors of suicide and raise funds for vital projects on suicide prevention.
I’ve just submitted the nine hundred and eighty kilometres I’m going to cover with my mountain bike. Or so I hope.
If you want, you can also travel for a few kilometres. As you can see, there’s no minimum distance.
But the distance is not the point, something else is. I believe it’s flawlessly expressed by the words of one of the most resilient human beings of all time, Stephen Hawking:
“Speech has allowed the communication of ideas, enabling
human beings to work together to build the impossible.
Mankind’s greatest achievements have come about by talking,
and its greatest failures by not talking. It doesn’t have to be like this.
Our greatest hopes could become reality in the future. With the
technology at our disposal, the possibilities are unbounded.
All we need to do is make sure we keep talking.”
We must talk about suicide. We must work together to prevent it.
So… do you accept this challenge?
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