The AWARE Mood Walk is coming to Omagh town

The AWARE Mood Walk is coming to Omagh town

Published on Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Posted in News


Lace up your walking shoes and step out to support AWARE in Omagh next month. AWARE is encouraging local people to sign up and participate in their annual fundraising AWARE Mood Walk in Omagh taking place on Sunday 1 October 2017 Registration from 12:30pm at the Youth Sports Centre. Walk starts 2pm

The Omagh AWARE Mood Walk is now in its third year and AWARE hope to break their record on last year when 280 people took part in the Omagh Mood Walk.

Margaret McCrossan is a Fundraising Officer from AWARE and from Omagh. Margaret said,

“Light exercise is said to have a positive effect on a person’s mental wellbeing and helps reduce the risk of depression, stress and anxiety. When we exercise, the brain releases a hormone called ‘endorphins’ also known as ‘the happy hormone’ which is known to lift your mood and make you feel good.

“The AWARE Mood Walk welcomes walkers and runners of all ages and capabilities to participate. The event is fun and open for all the family to enjoy. As in previous years, participants can choose between a 5k or 10k walk. The day will begin with a short motivating warm up to lift our moods and ensure we are both physically and mentally prepared for the Mood Walk.  On return to the sports forum there tea /coffee for all.

Emma from the Omagh Fundraising Group said,

“I am delighted to be involved in the AWARE Fundraising Group helping to organise such an important event in Omagh. Depression can affect anyone at any stage in their life, and unfortunately there is still a massive stigma attached to the illness. Support from the local community would help to tackle that stigma, so I would encourage walkers or runners of all ages and capabilities to sign up and participate in the AWARE Mood Walk.

“The AWARE Mood Walk is a sponsored walk so we are encouraging people to fundraise as much money as they can for doing the walk. All money raised is put directly back into the services AWARE provide in educating and supporting people with depression. If one person raised £45, this would help AWARE put three young people through their mental health awareness programme, ‘Mood Matters for Young People.”


Register for the AWARE Mood Walk by clicking here or calling 028 9035 7820