Community Newry

Local Man to Run Paris Marathon for Davina’s Ark

Davina’s Ark has been at the forefront of addiction, mental health and trauma services throughout the Island of Ireland, with the journey beginning within the Newry and Mourne area. The charity has gone from strength to strength with dedication and hard work, destigmatizing the shame that goes hand in hand with addiction. The organisation relies on donations and events to support and enhance their services for the individual, family members, young people and the wider community.

Sean Og Keary from Rathfriland has chosen to run the Paris marathon on Sunday 3rd April 2022 in aid of Davinas Ark, a cause close to his heart.

Davina’s Ark, originated from an inspiring young woman whose life was affected by addiction and its effects. Addiction led Davina down a harrowing lonely, and often despairing road. Davina experienced depression and addiction robbed her of joy and a zest for living and purpose. Davina entered a twelve-step programme alongside professional counselling which helped her become abstinent and see light at the end of the tunnel.

Inspired by the vision of Davina, who recognised a gap and a need for a non-residential aftercare service, a group of professional addiction counsellors resolved to set up a counselling service to aid and address the unmet needs of those in rehabilitation and their families. This gap as defined by Davina’s Ark is ‘that period during rehabilitation where people in addiction remain vulnerable, at risk of relapse and prone to self harm and even suicide’. Davina’s dream was to create an organisation which would provide professional services to bridge this gap. It would provide a supported pathway to recovery which would equip individuals with skills and renewed confidence and thus restore them to a full, active and purposeful role in society

Speaking to Clanrye News and Sport Sean Og said:

“I am running the Paris marathon this Sunday, 3rd April in the hope of raising money for Davina’s Ark. This is a vital resource that offers help to people suffering from addiction and the families of those with loved ones who are battling addiction.”

“My Aim is to raise £1000 for this much needed charity with all the money raised going directly to Davina’s Ark and I am hoping that you can help me reach my target. Thank you very much.”

Davina’s Ark offers hope and new opportunity to the many in our society who are afflicted and/or affected by the curse of addiction. A shocking and sobering truth is that alcohol and drug misuse in our society is one of the biggest public health issues we have to address. There is not a single family in our society that isn’t somehow impacted by the negative effects of addiction, mental health and trauma.

The Davina’s Ark initiative is both visionary and socially innovative, the brainchild of one who found herself in the depths of ‘The unforgiving nightmare of addiction’ but who through determination battled her way back to recovery and rehabilitation resolving to create opportunity for other sufferers and their families.

To donate to Sean Og’s Fundraising page, click the link below –

For further information about Davina’s Ark and the services they offer, click the link below –

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