Fun run raises over €1,100 for Aware

Published 18/09/2012 | 16:48

Runners taking part in the Tesco fun run in Balbriggan

OVER €1,100 was raised for Aware, Tesco's Charity of the Year, by Tesco Extra Balbriggan following their recent fun run.

Over 55 staff members and customers took part in the 5km or 10km Fun Run around Balbriggan, each donating €20 the charity to get involved. All participants enjoyed refreshments in the store canteen after the run and a great day was had by all. Speaking about the event, Lisa McAvoy, Charity of the Year Champion, Tesco Extra Balbriggan, said: 'We would like to thank all the team and our customers who got involved in the fun run. It was a fantastic day and we are delighted to have raised over €1,100 for Aware, our Charity of the Year.' Aware is the national organisation providing information, support and education around depression, a condition which affects more than 450,000 people in Ireland (one in ten) at any one time. Funds raised during the partnership in 2012 will go towards Beat the Blues, Aware's free secondary schools programme which helps create a better understanding of issues amongst pupils, teachers and parents. Depression affects many teenagers in Ireland and funds raised through the Tesco Charity of the Year partnership will enable Aware to deliver Beat the Blues to approximately 16,000 additional teenagers this year. The charity was chosen as Tesco's Charity of the Year for 2012 and 2013 earlier this year. Since its inception in 2001, the Tesco Charity of the Year Programme has donated over €10 million to eight Irish charities.

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