A fire-fighter running in the Dublin marathon on Monday is going to race carrying a child’s mannequin to represent the weight on the shoulder of a depressed teen.
Padraig Thompson is racing for charity Suicide or Survive to address the plight of young persons suffering in silence.
On his online fundraising page he writes:
“The Darkness descended on me a good while back before these dark evenings did…..Unfortunately for ME, I have in some way or another witnessed an awful lot of kids sadly take their own lives in such a short space of time…
“Yes KIDS, see young adults are also KIDS to me… See here is the thing: It doesn’t matter how happy, “normal,” successful or together they SEEM. Some kids are still suffering…”
Padraig in turn wants it to turn into a group activity of sorts as other marathon runners join him in raising awareness of suicide.
“With that in mind and without any training involved to date but only what I can do between now and then I am planning to run the Dublin City Marathon carrying the weight of a child on my SHOULDERS… yep the full 26 miles..
“Now here is the thing.. I am planning on running the marathon with HOPE that friends and random STRANGERS will help me take “THIS WEIGHT OFF MY SHOULDERS”
“We always tell kids that they shouldn’t be AFRAID off the dark..”
To donate you can visit Padraig’s online fundraising page here, where he has raised €1,632 so far.