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NI Commonwealth Games Squad take on charity challenge

Northern Ireland’s Commonwealth Games squad are taking on a challenge from tomorrow (Friday 1 April) to raise money for charity.

The squad, including the management team, will be running, cycling and rowing the accumulative total of 362 miles – the distance from Belfast to Birmingham, the venue of the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The squad are raising money for MindWise, a leading mental health charity in Northern Ireland.

Megan Devlin, who will be making her debut for TeamNI at the Commonwealth Games this summer, said: “Supporting those struggling with their mental health is so important and exercise is a great way to help your mental health.

“Working out or going for a walk can reduce anxiety and improve your mood, as this can trigger the release of dopamine and serotonin levels, which makes us feel happier and increases our self-esteem. Any donation, big or small is so appreciated.”

MindWise delivers over 30 key services, run by more than 100 staff and 80 volunteers who care, raising awareness while campaigning for change.

The charity supports more than 10,000 people affected by mental health issues every year.

To donate to the cause, visit the fundraising page here.

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Photo: Team members Megan Devlin and Courtney Meneely during a recent team-building weekend ahead of Birmingham 2022