Irish Defence Forces to run 100km for Jigsaw

On New Year’s Day 2020, eight members of the Engineer Section of the 60th Infantry Group currently deployed with UNDOF in Syria will run a collective 100km to raise awareness and funds for Jigsaw, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health.

Kitted out in full military battle dress, the group will each carry 35lbs of weight to represent the weight of living with mental health issues. Lead fundraiser Private Aaron Murray (28) from Finglas, Dublin said, “I decided to start this challenge to raise awareness of mental health and of the amazing work that Jigsaw does. I’ve personally struggled with my own mental health for most of my life, and unfortunately wasn’t aware of the services they provided. By doing this challenge, I hope we can help other young people who may be going through a difficult time so that they do not have to suffer like I once did.”