The people of Carrick-are invited to take part in a “Light The Way” candlelit procession to St Nicholas Church to promote positive mental health among young people on Friday evening, March 28.
The event will be attended by Fionnbar Walsh, father of Donal Walsh, the teenager who campaigned before his death from cancer last year for young people to appreciate the positive aspects of life. Mr Walsh will be one of the guest speakers on the subject of positive mental health in the church after the procession.
The “Light The Way” event is the brainchild of Scoil Mhuire Secondary School’s Transition Year students. Scoil Mhuire Principal Mary O’Keeffe said the students have witnessed the growth of mental health issues such as anxiety and depression among their peers and are organising this event to promote a positive sense of community and solidarity and also raise funds for the Donal Walsh LiveLife Foundation, Aware and Piéta House.
Candles priced at €2 are on sale at Carrick’s three second level schools. Ms O’keeffe said students appeal to all members of the community to join with them in this initiative.
Groups will gather at four meeting points for the candlelit procession to the church at 7.45pm on March 28: Brookdale, Carrickbeg; Collins Park, Seán Healy Park and Scoil Mhuire, Pill Road. After listening to the guest speakers, the participants will return to Scoil Mhuire for a showcase of musical talent by young people from the area.
For more information on Light The Way contact Scoil Mhuire at (051) 640383.