My name is Paul Kelly, I am a Station Officer / Firefighter in Dundalk Fire Rescue in County Louth. I, like allot of our community know someone lost to suicide or affected by Mental Health, through my 18+years service in Fire & Rescue I have witnessed this first hand. I have seen the impact this leaves behind on families, friends and neighbours. I started road running about 4 years ago in 2013 as a way of relieving stress and pressure from everyday life, I used it to help stay focused of what really matters in my life, my health and my family. In 2016 I dedicated all my adventures / races to raising the awareness of the fantastic and invaluable work SOSAD Ireland & SOSAD Dundalk. This included my 1st 2 day Mountain Marathon in the Mournes and 1st ever Marathon in Dublin along with several road races ranging from 5 km to 21.3 km Half Marathon Distance. From conversations with my good friend Barry Watters who is a Counselor with SOSAD Dundalk I realised that not very many people would talk openly about mental health and suicide. Along with raising awareness, fundraising is vital and I am asking for your help to raise not just cash but also to spread the word and get more people talking about the issues they may have. The more people we can get to openly talk about the issues surrounding Mental Health and Suicide, the more the Stigma that's still out there can be broken, making it easier for the vulnerable and in need to have the courage to step up and seek out these services.
So this year 2017, I'm at it again and dedicating all of this years adventures and races to SOSAD Ireland and SOSAD Dundalk and hopefully I can reach out to you and ask for your help in doing so. I'm hoping to expand this list throughout the year.
2017 Adventures -
Dune Half Marathon February - Completed
Fitzer's 5km February - Completed
Carlingford Half Marathon March - Completed
NER PK5K 08th April - Completed
MSR Mourne Mountain Run - Completed
DKIT Dundalk 10km April - Completed
Cooley Coast Run 10km May - Completed
Derry Marathon 04th June - Completed
Twin Peaks Trail Half Marathon 24th June Completed
Mourne2Day Mountain Marathon September Completed
Dublin City Half Marathon 23rd Sept Completed
Dublin City Marathon (My 2nd) 29th October Completed
This year I'm trying to raise €2017 allong with raising awareness. If in any small or big way you can donate a few bob and spread the word, together we can Break The Stigma and let our community know that it's #oktotalk