'From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank every single person'
Hundreds from around Kerry show up for final 5km walk in aid of Jigsaw Ireland and Donal Walsh Foundation
An emotional Tralee mental health activist and campaigner has expressed his shock and sincerest gratitude after over 200 runners and walkers showed up to the Station House in Blennerville on Tuesday night for what was the final 5km walk in his 'January 5k A Day' charity challenge, a campaign which managed to raise over €6,000 for two local charities.
Colin Aherne, who organised the campaign, in which people from all over the country were encouraged to walk at least 5km a day in aid of Jigsaw Kerry and the Donal Walsh LiveLife Foundation charities, admits that he has been overwhelmed by the support that he received on the night.
"I'm completely blown away by the support that this challenge received; the turn out last night was just amazing! From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank every single person.
When this challenge started back at the start of the month, I never thought that we'd get as many people involved that we have; we have had people from all over the country walking and donating to these amazing charities, it's been unbelievable," said Colin.
"It was nice to see so many people out walking on the night; they were all chatting about the benefits that they got from the challenge and the positive effects that it has had on both their physical and mental health."
"This campaign was all about spreading the message of positive mental health and about spreading the message that it's ok not to feel ok and it's absolutely ok to ask someone for help; people need to know that a problem shared is a problem halved," he finished.
Colin was joined on the night by Elma Walsh of the Donal Walsh LiveLife Foundation and by Jimmy Mulligan of Jigsaw Kerry who were presented with cheques of €2,950, proceeds from the online fundraising campaign.
After the walk, Colin was presented with a trophy from Elma and Jimmy as thanks for his work for the charities.