A GROUP of six running enthusiasts will soon be lacing up their trusty trainers to tackle the Omagh half-marathon to help raise much-needed funds for a depression charity.
This is the second consecutive year the team from McCullagh’s Spar Classic Service Station have taken part in the popular ‘Spar Omagh Half Marathon & 5k Fun Run’, and this time round they will be raising vital funds for ‘Aware NI’.
Store owners Jonathan and Terry McCullagh, along with Sarah Potter, store Manager, and team members Daryl Conway, Lee Flemming and Kevin Conway have upped their training regimes to take on the course in just six weeks’ time.
“The immediate and lasting effects of depression can be devastating for individuals and families,” said store owner, Jonathan McCullagh. “We’re delighted to be raising funds through our participation in the Omagh Half Marathon for Aware NI, funds which we know will go a long way to support people living with depression across Northern Ireland and even closer to home here in Omagh.
“We’re really encouraged by the enthusiasm shown by our colleagues at McCullagh’s Spar to take on this challenge.”
Aware NI supports those affected by depression and bipolar disorder, and provides information and education through well-being and mindfulness programmes to communities, schools and workplaces.
Margaret McCrossan, Community and Events Fundraising Officer for Aware NI said that the money raised for the charity will ‘make a real difference to improving mental health across Northern Ireland’.
“On behalf of Aware NI, I’d like to wish the staff of McCullagh’s SPAR Classic Service Station and all the other participants lots of luck,” she said.
Donations can be made in-store to support the efforts of McCullagh’s Spar colleagues in the upcoming Omagh Half Marathon. All proceeds are in aid of Aware NI.
• The ‘Spar Omagh Half Marathon & 5k Fun Run’ will take place on Saturday, April 7.