Wexford native Jamie Rath took on the “challenge of a lifetime” during May when successfully taking on the ‘Calendar Club Challenge’ for the Samaritans’ Waterford and South East branch.
The challenge involved Jamie running 496 kilometres (11 and a half marathons) over the course of the month, through which he raised almost €6,000 for the organisation.
“There’s no doubt that the past couple of months have been the most testing in recent memory,” said Jamie.
“With the passing of loved ones, unemployment on the rise, and the stress and strain of dealing with a world turned on its head, there’s no doubt that we must be more aware than ever of our physical and mental health. Unfortunately, suicide in Ireland is still the 17th highest rate in Europe and the fourth highest for males aged between 15 and 24. That’s why I decided to take on the Calendar Club Challenge to raise much-needed funds for Samaritans in Waterford and the South East.
A local Samaritans spokesperson expressed “sincere gratitude to Jamie for his efforts and to all those who donated to his challenge. These funds will keep help to keep our service open for those in need.”
You can free phone Samaritans – who are available 24 hours a day – on 116123 or email [email protected]