Fermanagh Trust support for virtual 5k/10k

 

The Fermanagh Trust has made a grant award to Devenish Partnership Forum. As part of their series of activities for Mental Health Awareness Week earlier this month, the Forum held a very successful VITRTUAL 5/10k run/walk. Enabling people to get outside and get active while also raising awareness for mental health. Their grant from the Fermanagh Trust was used to present the runners and walkers with a medal and t-shirt to show support to them for taking part.

 


During the current pandemic Devenish Partnership Forum found that activity levels have dropped within their classes and that online based activities are not for everyone. Now with guidelines changing they have identified that walking and running is a very popular activity in which many have taken up during the past year. With this information and to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week they felt there was no better time than to promote Mental Health and walking/running.  This will also help them guide people back into Community Centers, gyms, fitness classes, tea groups and much more.

With current restrictions, participants were encouraged to follow these guidelines and complete their run/walk within their household bubble or with one other person from a separate household. Over a two day period, in their own time it was all about completion rather than competing and organisers were able to keep track of their routes and times using the Strava app on their phones.

 

Devenish Partnership Forum was established in 1994 as an umbrella body for four local Community Associations (Cornagrade, Hillview, Kilmacormick I and Kilmacormick II). The main aim of the Forum is to add value to the whole community through coordination, communication, capacity building and integration. They engage the community in a range of activities: -health activities for senior citizens, homework club, allotment maintenance, support for the community in accessing benefits and raising local issues.  They also provide a meeting place for teenagers during the week which enables the young people to meet in a safe environment and engage in personal development, citizenship and community relation programmes as we as taking part in educational and fun trips.

Lauri McCusker Director of the Fermanagh Trust said “Well done to the 85 people who participated in this virtual 5/10k event and to Devenish Partnership Forum for organising. Whether you ran, walked or cycled you have all done fantastic and you should be very proud of yourselves. Helping make mental health more of a talking point and how we as a community can help those in need is something we were very pleased to support with this grant award.”

 

The objectives of the Fermanagh Trust is to promote any charitable purpose, and to support initiatives which will lead to social and community development to improve conditions and life for people in the County of Fermanagh and immediate hinterlands.  For more information on the Fermanagh Trust's grants programme CLICK HERE / E: gemma@fermanaghtrust.org / Tel: 028 66 320 210


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