Mental health charity to benefit from fun day

Getting ready for the start of last year's run. INBM31-14
Getting ready for the start of last year's run. INBM31-14

Dunloy is all set for another big day of family fun and fundraising as the sixth annual Bridge Bar Fun Day comes to town next month.

All the money raised at the annual event, including a 5k sponsored run, will go towards mental health charity Aware Defeat Depression.

The 5k run takes place on Friday, August 8 with the Fun Day, in association with Dunloy Football Club, kicking off on Saturday, August 9.

Highlights of this year’s event include a tractor pull, a bungee run, bouncy castles, sumo suits, a barbeque and much more.

The day will be rounded off with a fireworks display at 10pm.

This is the sixth year in a row that proceeds from the Fun Day will go towards Aware Defeat Depression, the only charity in Northern Ireland that deals exclusively with depression.

Over £4000 was raised last year to help fund Aware’s services for people with depression, including their helpline, support groups and education programmes.

Kieran Hughes, Fundraising Officer with Aware, said the support the charity has received from theBridge Bar has made a real difference to people’s lives.

“Every penny raised from the Fun Day events will go towards helping the increasing number of people suffering from depression in Northern Ireland,” he said.

“The money raised at the event over the past five years has been invaluable to us and has allowed us to continue to deliver our potentially life-saving services for people with depression, including our support groups and listening ear helpline.

“This year the Fun Day promises to be as big as ever and I would like to encourage everyone from Dunloy and beyond to come along and show your support.

“I would also like to thank everyone involved in the organisation of the events and everyone who has pledged to raise money for Aware Defeat Depression.”

If you would like to find out more about Aware Defeat Depression please visit their website at www.aware-ni.org.

Anyone affected by depression, including those who experience depression or the family and friends of those who experience depression, can get advice and support on their helpline by phone 08451 20 29 61 or email help@aware-ni.org.

If anyone would like to take part in the fun run or tractor pull please contact Alain Campbell on 07921817424.

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