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Wednesday 3 September 2014

Donal continues to be a source of inspiration

Published 25/09/2013 | 05:36

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TRALEE teenager Donal Walsh, who died tragically of cancer in May, continues to inspire people to do more for community mental health as witnessed by the inclusion of the Listowel Community Centre in a national Coca Cola Fund shortlist this week.

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The centre were shortlisted under the Coca Cola Fund as one of 45 groups nationwide that stand to reap €125,000 if successful.

They made the listing thanks to their plans for a schools' mental health project that would see one student awarded a Donal Walsh Memorial Schools' Resilience Cup every year.

"The project is an initiative to enhance mental resilience through active lifestyle coaching in secondary schools, taking transition year students in ten schools across the county for ten weeks to affect permanent healthy and active lifestyle practices," Community Centre PRO Tina Byrne said.

"We are delighted to honour Donal on behalf of his family with the dedication of the competition to Donal's memory. Donal was committed to raising the issue of mental health and suicide especially amongst his fellow teenagers. We wish to dedicate our schools programme to his memory as resilience is a key part of student and teenager mental health," Tina added.

As the competition is partly judged through public votes, the centre are urging people to get behind its chances online. Log onto www.cocacola.ie/community/thank-you-fund/thank-you-fund-voting-form.html. For more information contact Tina Byrne on (068) 22244.

Kerryman

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