Walkers walk the length of Dublin for Paddy’s Day mental health fundraiser

The Dublin Walkers will set out to complete a massive 26km route to raise money and awareness for Aware, the national charity which supports people affected by depression and bipolar disorder.

the Harbour2Harbour Boardwalk sees Dubs embark on a journey that spans the length of the town from Dun Laoghaire to Howth (or vice versa) on this St. Patrick’s Day.

The event returns after a two-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Aware’s head of fundraising, Stephen Butterly, told Dublin Live what the return of the event means after the difficult two years everyone has had.

He said: “We feel extremely positive. I think we all missed being together for sure.

“We have an amazing team of volunteers who work for us. They work from home so they can’t see each other. For our volunteers and obviously our supporters, it’s a great way to get together.

“It’s for a serious cause, but it’s a very warm event. Everyone feels like they’re part of something great.”

Stephen also revealed what people can expect if they decide to take part in the day.

The last Harbour2Harbour event took place in 2019

He explained: “We always want to emphasize that this is by no means a competitive event. It is a social event.

“It may take four and a half hours to do this, but our friends at the Dublin Port Company are kind enough to sponsor a halfway event for us. Refreshments and food are available at their premises in Dublin Port. “

Anyone interested in taking part in the Harbour2Harbour ride on St. Patrick’s Day, which starts at 10:30 a.m., can register at Aware.ie/harbour2harbour.

Stephen also revealed that they were looking for volunteers to dedicate a few hours of their day to the event. They will be posted along the route to assist walkers. Those interested in volunteering can email [email protected]

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