Members of Accessible Counselling Tullamore (ACT) board and Tullamore Harriers pictured at the launch of the Unite Through the Night walk on October 15: (L-R:) Bernard Westman (ACT), Mary Daly (Offaly Athletics), Karen Flanagan (ACT), Jane Byrne (ACT), Tara McKinney (Offaly Athletics), Lisa Guing (ACT), Declan Harvery (ACT).

Tullamore fundraising walk planned to mark World Mental Health Day

Accessible Counselling Tullamore (ACT) recently launched its upcoming fundraising walk, which will take place on Saturday, October 15, from 6pm until midnight.

The event, which is called 'Unite Through The Night' will take place on the track at Tullamore Harriers on the Charleville Road.

Its launch was held on Friday last in the ACT premises on Main Street, Tullamore.

The upcoming walk will commemorate World Mental Health Day, which falls a few days earlier, on October 10.

Those interested in taking part in the walk on October 15 will need to register, which you can do online here. The cost of taking part is €15 for over-16s, and €5 for under-16s.

There will also be a registration day in the Bridge Centre, Tullamore, this Saturday, September 24, from 9.30am to 3pm.

"We really hope that the community will get behind our fundraiser and register to walk with us on the night for as long as they can," said Lisa Guing, co-founder of ACT.

"ACT is a professional, affordable counselling service has been set up by the community for the people of Tullamore and the wider Midlands and we need their support to ensure we can continue providing this vital service."

The night will kick off with an opening ceremony framed by the setting sun. There will be music by local artists, a brief opening address, and a time for reflection.

The walk will then commence on the running track where everyone can walk at their own pace and meet people of all ages and backgrounds, each with their own story of why they are walking.

The route is safe and clearly marked and there will be stewards and support crew on hand, gentle music playing, and food and refreshments available from local vendors.

Every participant will be given a tea light to place along the track. These will line the route and will serve as a reminder of the importance of ACT's mission, which is to support the people in the community in maintaining positive mental health.

The walk will conclude with people standing together for a closing ceremony at midnight.

ACT said it would welcomes any corporate sponsorship of the event, pointing out that every euro raised would enable it to continue providing its vital accessible counselling service to the people of the Midlands.

ACT offers one-to-one counselling for people over 16 years of age and, since opening in January 2020, it has supported 1,235 clients from all across the Midlands who may otherwise not have been in a position to avail of counselling.

For more information, contact Lisa on 057 93 52879.