Following on from last year’s successful Kildare VEC cycle to promote positive mental health, this year nine Kildare schools took part in a Hike for Life at Glendalough.
“We are acutely conscious that the positive mental health and well-being of our students is critical to success in school and in life. This time of the year can be particularly stressful for students,” said a VEC spokesperson.
“The promotion of well-being and positive mental health among our young people is a priority in each of our schools.”
In April 2013 Kildare VEC organised a successful relay cycle around the county to promote positive mental health. There was a great response to the event, given the recent number of suicides that had occured within the school community.
Over €7,000 was raised, which was divided equally between Pieta House and Kildare Mental Health Association. This funding was used to help students from schools throughout the county.
Since then Kildare and Wicklow VEC’s have amalgamated to form Kildare/Wicklow ETB.
It wasn’t practical to organise the cycle between the two counties so this year they decided to organise a “Hike for Life”.
The Hike, which was approximately 10km took place in Glendalough on Tuesday, May 13 at 10.30am .
The principals and ten students from each of the 21 KWETB schools participated including nine Kildare schools.
Fundraising took place in each school an cheques totalling €3,000 each were presented on the day to Pieta House, Kildare Mental Health Association and Wicklow Mental Health Association.