A charity bed-push/walk between Ballymahon and Kenagh will take place on Sunday, August 3, in aid of the ‘Walk in My Shoes’ campaign for St Patrick’s Mental Health Foundation.
“This is an organisation which is very close to my heart,” said the event’s organiser, Chloe Maguire.
“I have suffered from anxiety and depression from the age of 15 and my illness completely took over my life and left me unable to act and feel like a normal teenager.
“I went through a rollercoaster few years of different medications and treatments, which helped for short periods of time, but nothing long-term, and I always ended up back at square one.
“Finally, in October 2012 I was referred to the Dean Clinic in Galway, which is one of St Patrick’s clinics,” added Chloe, who is now 20 years-old. “
There I was finally put on the right track and began getting my illness under control and started enjoying my life for the first time since I was 15.
“If it wasn’t for St Patrick’s Hospital Foundation and the Dean Clinic, I firmly believe I would be suffering through life each day.”
Chloe, who is a daughter of Tony and Jackie Maguire, has organised the fundraiser because, she said, “it was because of my own experience that I wanted to give something back.”
Outlining the plans for fundraiser, Chloe explained:
“We are kicking off the day at 3pm with a sponsoered bed-push/walk from Ballymahon to Kenagh.
“Everyone is welcome and there is a bus leaving from O’Boyle’s Bar in Kenagh at 2.30pm for all walkers to be brought to Ballymahon.”
After the walk, the participants will return to O’Boyle’s, for a family fun day, which will include a barbeque, music, children’s entertainment, a Mr and Mrs competition, and a raffle with several spot prizes up for grabs.
From 8pm there will be a barn dance, followed by a disco in the bar afterwards.
“All support is greatly appreciated,” Chloe concluded.