LOCAL clubs, North East Runners and the Clan na Gael GFC are holding their second annual Patsy Kelly 5K run this weekend.
The now annual event is in memory of local man Patsy Kelly, a Clans stalwart and dedicated NER runner who sadly passed away in January 2010.
The race will kick off at 6.30pm this Saturday, starting at the Carrick Road end of the Ecco Road and taking in part of the old Harp Run course before finishing at the Clans clubrooms.
Registration is €15 and the event is AAI licensed with chip timing and includes a specially designed race t-shirt. Food and refreshments will be served in the Clans hall afterwards until late.
This year the local clubs have chosen SOSAD Ireland (Save Our Sons And Daughters) as the beneficiary of this successful event.
SOSAD Ireland is a registered charity based in five locations in the North East – Dundalk, Drogheda, Navan, Cavan and Carrickmacross. The charity offers a 24 hour helpline that is available 365 days a year. It is a FREE, private and confidential service to provide support and direction for those at risk from suicide.
SOSAD also offers bereavement counselling for families and friends affected by suicide.
The organisation relies on fundraising efforts to ensure its survival and all the work associated with the charity is carried out by skilled volunteers.
Co-ordinator of the Dundalk branch Davina Shortall says she 'welcomes this event as it is a great way to raise awareness for the charity, from our experience we find that men find it harder to approach us for help when they are feeling distressed and as the race will be mostly male dominated this event will hopefully raise not only the topic of suicide but to let them know that there are local services that can help.'
Registration can be applied for on-line at www.runireland.com or you can ring Paul Gray on 087-6455566 or Jim Gonnelly on 087-7940891. Everyone of all ages can participate in this event and after race refreshments will be supplied. The event organisers are also looking for stewards on the day so if anyone would like to volunteer their time they can contact Paul or Jim on the above numbers.
If you are concerned about any member of your family, friends, work colleagues or a member of the local community that you may think are distressed or depressed the charity welcomes you to ring them for more information.