Students put best feet forward to raise cash for mental health services
Published 06/05/2014 | 05:42
Hundreds of Wexford students are due to take to the quays on Friday next, wearing odd shoes to raise awareness and money for mental health services.
The 'Walk in My Shoes' event has been organised by Loreto Transition Year girls Lauren Carty and Sorcha Foley, who have invited TY classes in local secondary schools to turn up en masse in mis-matched footwear.
The Wexford walk is part of a nationwide campaign by St. Patrick's Hospital Mental Health Foundation to promote awareness of mental health and raise funds for services for vulnerable young adults.
Students and their teachers from the Loreto, Presentation, CBS, St. Peter's College and Wexford Vocational College will walk down the quays at 12 noon in a show of support for people suffering from mental illness.
'We want to re-inforce the message that it's ok not to be ok,' said Lauren.
Participating students can download free mental health packs on walkinmyshoes.ie, offering information about mental health services and resources available to them.
Local businesses have sponsored prizes for the best shoes and some are encouraging staff to wear funky footwear into work.