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Cillian Fagan - Mitzvah Project


For my mitzvah project, I participated in a charity event to raise funds and awareness for Aware.ie. This charity helps to support people in Ireland with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and other mood-related disorders. I think mental health is a very important thing and is just as (if not more) important than physical health.


The Harbour to Harbour walk is an annual event, which takes place on St Patrick’s Day (Ireland’s national holiday). In the event, over 2000 participants walk the 26 km route from Dun Laoghaire to Howth Harbour or reverse to raise funds and awareness for mental health support.


Me and my family started our walk at Howth Harbour, where we were given t-shirts to wear to show our support for the cause. At the 7km mark, a local yacht club offered tea to the participants of the walk. It was nice to see all these people supporting such an important cause.


At the 14km mark, just over halfway, we stopped at the Dublin Port Company for refreshments. The best part of this stop was the reflection tree, where all the members of my family wrote messages in support of those who suffer from mental health issues.


We didn’t complete the full 26 km, but we managed to get 18 km done. Overall, we really enjoyed this event. I had a lot of fun doing my mitzvah project and it made me see the importance of support for those suffering from mental health issues. You can support this cause by donating to aware.ie.


Similar South African organisations include:


  • LifeLine South Africa – Website

  • SA Federation for Mental Health – Website

  • The Goldilocks and The Bear Foundation – Website

  • The South African Depression and Anxiety Group – Website

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