A group of runners from Castleisland and Tralee has decided to run in the Kerry Crusaders Half Marathon and10k on November 14th in Listowel. Their chosen charity is Jigsaw Kerry and the runners have appealed for help in raising funds. Anyone who would like to support both the group members and the cause can do so by running with them or by donating. On-line connections are posted at the end of the article.
Jigsaw Kerry is an initiative which is part of a national network of Jigsaw projects supported by Headstrong, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health. It brings together community support for the mental health needs of young people aged between 12 and 25.
It aims to involve the whole community in better supporting young people’s mental health and well being.
The organisation is working with in partnership with like-minded groups to develop better links between community and mental health services – so that young people can get the support they need.
The Jigsaw programme aims to develop better social opportunities for young people and encourage them to be actively involved in promoting positive mental health. Its youth advisory panel is central to this and peer mentoring and support programmes are also being developed.
Jigsaw Kerry promotes positive attitudes to mental health in the county and works with the likes of: the Institute of Technology, Tralee, and Youthreach centres to improve the support available to students.
It also provides information and training to build the skills and confidence of everyone living and working with young people to recognise and respond to mental health needs.
Online or Direct Donations
Go onto: https://www.mycharity.ie and search for ‘Headstrong’ in donate to a charity. Leave a message to say it’s for Jigsaw Kerry Listowel Marathon.
Those wishing to contribute can also hand in donations to Jigsaw Kerry office at Edward Court, Edward Street, Tralee or ring: 066 71 86 785 or they can contact any of the following runners: Anne O’Leary, Catherine Conroy, Eileen Brennan, Fred O’Connell, George Glover, Helena O’Connor, Mariosa O’Callaghan, Steve Key, Donagh Hennebry or Colin Aherne from the Born-to- Run Club.