Inspired by a heartfelt letter from a 12-year-old boy, on Thursday 15th June, a group of motorcycle enthusiasts will be embarking on a remarkable challenge to raise money for the youth mental health charity, Jigsaw, calling into Roscommon along the way.
Damian Sheridan, will be leading seven other motorcyclists on a 72-hour journey that will cover 15,000km and visit all fourteen local Jigsaw services across the country.
The Grand Tour Photo Challenge 2023 will begin on Thursday by taking them through Dublin City, South Dublin, Wicklow, Fingal, Meath, and Donegal.
They would greatly appreciate the presence of some enthusiastic onlookers and supporters. You can also show your support with a €2 donation by texting JIGSAW to 50300.
Damian, a facilities officer at Jigsaw, decided to fundraise for the charity after receiving a moving handwritten letter from a young boy.
“In his letter, the 12-year-old boy expressed his gratitude to Jigsaw for bringing happiness back into his sister’s life, which, in turn, brought joy to their entire family,” explained Damian.
“He mentioned how much his family now has to look forward to. He shared how he collected wood from the nearby forest, cut and sold it as firewood in his community. From his efforts, he managed to raise nearly €300, which he donated to Jigsaw as a thank you for all they did for his sister.
“To me, this showcased the incredible impact Jigsaw has, not only on young people struggling with mental health, but also on their families and the wider community”.
Damian will be joined on the challenge by Dave Perry, Daryl D’Art, Tony Golden, Ken McGrevey, Mark Sheridan and Donal Doyle.
Jigsaw, the youth mental health charity, provides both online and in-person mental health advice and support to young people, parents, and those who work with young people.
To support Damian on his epic Grand Tour Photo Challenge for Jigsaw, the youth mental health charity, you can make a €2 donation by texting JIGSAW to 50300.