Thursday 23 May 2019

Colour run promotes the cause of teen mental health awareness

There was a great turnout and a fun atmosphere as young and old enjoyed a colourful Easter Monday at Doorly Park in support of teen mental health awareness.

Speakers Jack Gardiner, Olivia Morrison and Eoin Kerrigan encouraged people to enjoy the day and have fun, and reminded attendees that running, walking, spending time in nature, and having fun time with family and friends can have huge benefits on our mental health.

Sarah Tighe, Conor Horan, and Craig Whelan entertained participants and supporters with live music, and Michael Fox from the Samaritans handed out wristbands and information. Fionn McDermott was first home, followed by Harry Maguire and Logan Turner.

"It was great to see our communities come together to help us raise awareness for something we feel so strongly about while also having fun" said Rachel Lavin, one of the young people organising the event.

This youth led event was organised through the Sligo Youth Citizenship Project, which is part of Sligo County Council's Action Plan, and the funding for which was provided by the EU's Peace IV Programme.

The organisers also praised the huge help and support they received especially from parents, extended family and Foróige volunteers.

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