Boost your mood with charity walk for Aware in Derry

Grainne McAnee, Aware; Grainne O'Kane, First Source; Liam Coyle; Felix Healy; Carol O'Doherty; Ronan McCay pictured at the launch of the Mood Walk.
Grainne McAnee, Aware; Grainne O'Kane, First Source; Liam Coyle; Felix Healy; Carol O'Doherty; Ronan McCay pictured at the launch of the Mood Walk.

Local football legends Liam Coyle and Felix Healy are encouraging people across the Northwest to take part in an inaugural fundraising ‘Mood Walk’ for Aware Defeat Depression; which will take place in Derry at 6:30pm on Friday 11 September.

Sponsored by First Source Solutions, the late summer’s evening 5km (or 10km) walk (or run) will be the perfect way to kick off the weekend – and to raise money for an excellent cause.

Starting and finishing in Ebrington Square, the event will be fun-filled with entertainment and is open to everyone. Participants are encouraged to raise as much as they can, with every penny being invested in Aware’s services and education programmes to help people affected by depression and increase understanding about mental illness.

Urging local people to get involved, Liam Coyle said: “Walking is one of the best ways to help boost your mood and your mental health. That is why the Aware Mood Walk is such an exciting and positive event.

“I encourage anyone who is interested in taking part, or in helping to raise awareness about mental health and depression, to sign up today. You will be making a very positive difference to the lives of people affected by depression, both here in Derry and across Northern Ireland.

“I know first-hand the awful impact depression can have on people and their families. I want others out there who are going through similar experiences to know that help is available, from Aware and others. It’s really important that anyone going through depression or anxiety is able to reach out for support. It is not something that has to be endured alone.”

Felix Healy added: “Aware Defeat Depression does amazing work for people affected by depression across Northern Ireland, and I am delighted to be helping with the inaugural Mood Walk.

“The beautiful riverside walk along the Foyle, taking in the Peace Bridge and the Foyle Bridge, is bound to help lift everyone’s mood. That is why I am signing up and encouraging everyone else to come and join us.”

Grainne O’Kane from First Source Solutions said: “We are delighted to be sponsoring the Mood Walk later this year and building our relationship with Aware Defeat Depression.”

Registration for Mood Walk is £10 and is open now. Participants will receive a Mood Walk

pack – including a Mood Walk t-shirt. For more information and to register visit www.aware-ni.org/moodwalk or call 028 7126 0602.