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Mary’s memory run raises funds for mental health group

Chris McIvor hands over a cheque for over £6,000 to Conor McCaffery, Director of Zest Healing The Hurt. Included is Claire Shaw, Erin McIvor, Kyra McMullin, Kyra Gilmour, Amanda Moore Beth McIvor, Sharon Cochrane and Ross McIvor. Jmac-01

THE husband of the late Mary McIvor joined her running group recently to take part in a the Omagh half-marathon in her memory and raise vital funds for ‘Zest’ a support group for those vulnerable to self-harm and suicide.

Chris McIvor and five friends who used to run with his wife raised £6,000 for the charity. They were also joined by Kyle Moore the husband of Amanda Moore who is part on the running group known as the ‘Fit Ladies.’

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The other ladies who regularly trained and did fun runs with Mary are Kyra McMullan, Claire Shaw, Kyra Gilmore and Sharon Cochrane who are from Omagh.

There was widespread community grief and shock when Mrs McIvor, a 43-year-old mother of three, died in tragic circumstances in March. The huge crowd at her funeral service bore testament to her popularity and standing in the community.

An active worker for Parents Teachers Association and Friends Association at Omagh County Primary and Omagh High School, Mrs McIvor was also chairperson of the Friends of Omagh High.

Husband Chris decided to rally the ‘Fit Ladies’ to take part in the Omagh half-marathon in his wife’s memory and raise funds for Zest. Pink T-shirts were specially made for the occasion for ‘The Fit Ladies’ and ‘The Fit Lads.’

He explained, “The Fit Ladies was the wee group of six friends who trained and did half marathons and fun runs. We gathered sponsorship everywhere and got a great response. We also sold 80 T-shirts as part of the fundraiser.

Pink was chosen as that was the colour used by the group.

“The Zest organisation is based in Derry and they opened in Killyclogher last June because of the number of suicides in the local area. The money collected for them will all be used locally for counselling. It is very much needed.

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“Doing the race was very emotional as Mary and I had planned to run it. So I decided to go ahead with it and our three children also took part.”

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