AWARE call on people to take part in annual Christmas 5km

Mental health charity Aware is calling on people to support those affected by depression and bipolar disorder this year, by taking part in the annual Aware Christmas 5K.

The run, now in it’s 17th year, encourages people to come together physically or virtually to be part of this fun, festive and healthy event to support Aware’s vital services.

You can walk, jog, run or hike in your favourite 5k route anywhere in the country from the 9th – 11th of December at a time of your choice over the event weekend, and share your efforts and your support on social media using the hashtag #WeAreAware.

Those who want to get into the festive spirit of the Aware Christmas 5K are encouraged to dress up. So, whether it’s a nod to Santa with a hat, a Christmas jumper to keep you warm, or a full-on costume with bells and lights, you’ll be guaranteed to bring some fun to your run!

In 2021, 29,000 people directly benefited from Aware’s support services, and a further over 8,000 people took part in education programmes facilitated by Aware.

Stephen Butterly, Head of Fundraising at Aware, commented “By taking part in the Aware Christmas 5K, you can raise vital funds to help us be there for the hundreds of thousands of people across Ireland impacted by depression and bipolar disorder. It’s so important that we all look after our mental health. So, taking the time to walk or run or your own, with family or friends, this December, will give people the chance to take a break from the busy pre-Christmas period whilst also helping people in their community who need some support.”


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