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The three Peaks team gathered in the Fiddlers Elbow Carrickmacross on Saturday 22nd July to with the Mc Aree family to proudly present the cheque to SOSAD. Having raised a staggering €22,100, smashing their fundraising target of €15,000, the team are still coming to terms with the generosity of people. Support was received from all sectors of the community, in many different forms and the team want to extend their deepest thanks to all those individuals and companies that donated so generously by way of cash donation, items for the breakfast, assisting with the breakfast, venue hire and individual business fundraisers.

The money raised is a testament to Kieran’s legacy and the positive, infectious and friendly impact he had on all of those he encountered. It also highlights the widespread effects of suicide and depression on people in Ireland. On a par with the money was the level of awareness raised about mental health issues in Ireland and the highlighting of the wonderful services offered by SOSAD  to those in need.

Although the Three Peaks trip and fundraising activities posed a challenge, this was miniscule in comparison to the constant work of all those involved in SOSAD as they are the true heroes. The time and effort dedicated by these volunteers to the lives of others is phenomenal and inspiring. Mental health is still a contentious issue in Ireland. The Three Peaks team would like to encourage the community to continue to promote awareness of an illness just as devastating as cancer. It is time to shake the shackles of old age Ireland and create an environment where people are encouraged to talk freely and openly about their mental health issues.
The group that undertook the 3 Peaks Challenge in memory of Kieran McAree, are pictured making the presentation of the cheque for €22,100, which they raised through their efforts to SOSAD. The group that undertook the 3 Peaks Challenge in memory of Kieran McAree, are pictured making the presentation of the cheque for €22,100, which they raised through their efforts to SOSAD.

In photo are seated (L-R) Amy McGuinness, Damien McAree, Denise Marron, SOSAD, Geraldine McAree, Sean Ryan McCaffrey, Martin McAree, Peter Moroney, SOSAD and Aoife Fox.   Behind are (L-R) Eileen Duffy, SOSAD, Trevor Keith, Gerard McCarey, Ashling McAree, Ciaran Curley, Padraig Kane, Orla McQuaid, Conor Bellew, Gavin McKiernan, Darine McGinn, SOSAD, Fintan McKenna, Darren McKiernan, Rachel Boyle and Helen Martin, SOSAD. ©Rory Geary/The Northern Standard
The 3 Peaks Challenge Group were front (L-R) Trevor Keith, Padraig Kane, Rachel Boyle, Sean Ryan McCaffrey, Aoife Fox and Fintan McKenna.  Behind (L-R) Ciaran Curley, Orla McQuaid, Conor Bellew, Gavin McKiernan, Darren McKiernan and Gerard McCarey. ©Rory Geary/The Northern Standard

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