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AWARE volunteer providing plenty of run-spiration by running five marathons in five months

AWARE volunteer providing plenty of run-spiration by running five marathons in five months

Published on Monday, 25 March 2019

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If you need some run-spiration, then look no further than AWARE volunteer, Yasmin Brown. Yasmin, who is originally from Lurgan but lives in Belfast, is running five marathons to raise money for AWARE - the Depression Charity for Northern Ireland. We spoke to Yasmin to find out why she is taking on this fantastic challenge for AWARE. Yasmin said,

“I started running in 2017 when my dad randomly asked me ‘Do you want to run a Marathon with me?’ I reluctantly said yes, and that year we completed the Dublin Marathon in October. When we crossed the finish line, I said to him ‘never ask me to do that again.’ Little did I know, I had actually fell in love with running. “In 2018 we both signed up to the Belfast Marathon, Connemara Half Marathon and Dublin Marathon. My dad loves to get out running and believes it helps with his mental health. That year I decided I wanted to run and raise money for a local mental health charity, that's when I decided to run for AWARE. They are also the chosen charity in my work, so it was a no brainer to help raise money for the amazing things they do. At the end of 2018, I had raised a total of £1,677.84. “At the start of this year my dad wanted to set a new challenge for us, so we decided to do 5 Marathons in 5 months. I thought this would be another great way to raise money for AWARE so I set a goal to raise £500 and I am delighted that we have already reached that plus more. We have just completed the first of five marathons in Barcelona on 10th March. We have just 4 more to get through plus the endless miles of training in between. Next up is Connemara in April, Belfast in May, Derry/Londonderry in June & Wild Atlantic Way in July.

“My mum is equally as passionate about mental health and raising money for AWARE and has decided to walk the Camino de Santiago in September. My mum asked me if I would join her on the walk and of course I jumped at the opportunity. We will be doing a week long stretch of the famous walk and hope that this will bring in more money for AWARE.”

If you would like to complete any marathon or run and raise money for AWARE, get in touch with the Fundraising Team today by calling 028 9035 7820 or emailing fundraising@aware-ni.org

Click here if you would like to donate to Yasmin’s fundraising page for running five marathons in five months. 

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