RCCR was proud partner of the CCC 1333 Bikeathon ‘Out of the Shadows’ a cycling event held from 31 August to 12 September 2014. This was a joint project with the Rotary Clubs of Negombo, Anuradhapura, Jaffna, Trincomalee and Batticaloa.
The CCC 1333 Bikeathon with its main bike ride encompassing 1333 kilometres around Sri Lanka (with smaller ones held in Australia), was not a competitive event and cyclists of all backgrounds, including trained professionals as well as casual cyclists participated. This bike ride covered over 1333 kilometres around the Island over a period of 13 days where riders completed an average of 100 kilometers each day.
The ride also coincided with World Suicide Prevention Day on Wednesday 10th September 2014.
RCCR’s partnership in this project included mobilising Rotary Clubs along the route for support. Rtn. Lee Bazalgette also did RCCR proud with his untiring efforts having ridden start to finish.
CCC line 1333 was established by the Courage Compassion Commitment (CCC) Foundation in partnership with Lifeline in Australia and the National Institute of Mental Health in Angoda, Sri Lanka. CCC Foundation was established in 2003 with offices in Sri Lanka and Australia. CCC Foundation is a registered not for profit charitable organisation run by voluntary committees in Sri Lanka and Australia (Melbourne and Brisbane), where all funds raised goes directly to its projects.
The CCC 1333 Bikeathon was a fundraiser held to draw public attention to the CCC line 1333, a toll free (can be taken through any fixed or mobile network free of charge) telephone counselling service aimed at preventing suicide in Sri Lanka (please also see http://www.1333bikeathon.org/about-ccc-line/.)
CCC line 1333 telephone counsellors work in a voluntary capacity and are trained under the guidance of Lifeline Australia, the largest telephone counselling service in Australia. Their role is to listen and empower the callers to resolve their problems. If required, callers are also referred to other related services in their local area for further support.
Statistics and studies have proven that Sri Lanka has one of the highest suicide rates in the world and this is a serious national issue. Having someone impartial to speak with confidentially may help defuse the stress felt by a suicidal person and perhaps help convince them that other solutions could be tried. CCC line 1333 offers such people hope that there will always be someone to listen and care. Those operating this line will not be providing treatment for the mentally ill. It will operate only as a free counselling hotline
Kumar Sangakkara, ambassador of CCC joined the CCC Bikeathon team cycling from Galle to Colombo for the finale on Friday, 12th September 2014 at Nugegoda
RCCR was delighted to support such a worthy community service project.