Charity Cycle taking place for Cuan Alainn 14th November 2013

Respond – Cuan Alainn (A Beautiful Safe Harbour)  

Charity cycle for Respond’s women’s refuge

Written by Joseph (Joey) Slattery Support Worker at Cuan Alainn 

On the 14th November 2013 I hope to complete a 200 kilometre cycle in aid of women fleeing domestic violence resulting in homelessness at Christmas time. 1 in 5 women suffer domestic abuse. Last Christmas  too many women and children had to flee their family home. Being homelessness at this time of the year carries an extra burden on mothers of children at all stages.  Some women leave home with no money, no clothes and no way of providing their children with basic necessities. At Cuan Alainn we believe every child deserves a Christmas of security and wonder.

Can you imagine not being able to sit around your own table with the fire lighting with the children playing in the sitting room. This is not an option for some families this Christmas, so we at Cuan Alainn would like to make this Christmas a special one for the children and their mothers who are visiting us during this festive season.

Cuan Alainn is 100% funded by Respond Cuan Alainn does not get governmental funding nor does it get any donations from outside sources so we need your support.

If you see me on my journey please donate what you can by clicking on the DONATE button on the front page at

The cold and wet and dark weather conditions of cycling at this time of the year, represents to me the women and children’s battle through harsh times

The long endless back road represents winding roads to their recovery back to stability and strength.

My final destination is the Respond Suaimhneas refuge in Limerick which is representative of a warm safe and secure refuge from the storm of life, just like Cuan Alainn.

Thank you for your continued support.