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Man Walks 100 Kilometres for Suicide Prevention

A firefighter and rescue worker for the Capital Area Fire Department walked 100 kilometres, from Akranes to Reykjavík, while pulling a sled that initially weighed 100kg. This event was done to raise awareness and funds for the suicide prevention group Pieta.

Pulling the weight

Bergur Vilhjálmsson told Vísir the concept behind the event:

The sled was initially weighted down with 100kg. At the same time, he wore a vest upon which were affixed some of the symptoms of, or conditions that may lead to, someone in danger of taking their own life; melancholy, depression, anxiety, worry, suicidal ideation, guilt, trauma, violence and addiction. Every ten kilometres, ten kg was removed from the sled, and a symptom removed from his vest.

The goal reached

Bergur reached Reykjavík at about 2:OO PM Saturday afternoon. A group of people joined him for his last few kilometres, and the last weight was removed from the sled when he reached his destination at last in a joyful, tearful celebration.

If you live in Iceland, you can donate to Pieta through the kennitala 410416-0690 and the account number 0301-26-041041.

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