Athlone Samaritans mark longest night with vigil and fundraiser

Samaritans Athlone will mark the longest night of the year by reminding those struggling most that they are there for them during their darkest hours.

Friday 21st December is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day and the longest night of the calendar year.

To mark the date, Samaritans in Athlone will be holding a candlelight vigil from the John McCormack Square to the Dean Crowe Theatre at 6pm.

Following the walk a fundraiser is being held for those interested in staying on in the Dean Crowe Theatre and the branch are screening the festive film ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ followed by food and music till late in the bar. further details on www.deancrowetheatre.com Several Samaritans branches across Ireland will hold similar events to coincide, with some having extra volunteers on hand to answer calls.

Aisling Curley, Samaritans Athlone Director and lead volunteer, urged people in the town to support them on the night to highlight that volunteers are available 24 hours a day by phone, email and text.

“We know as it’s the Friday before Christmas, many people will be out socialising after work or late night shopping, but it would be great if people could try to join us for a short time.

“We want to make this a positive event and show that we can bring light to those who need it most. We want to highlight that whatever people are going through, we’re here to listen every day of the year, even on Christmas Day. We would appeal to everyone to come along and bring family, friends and neighbours.”

Samaritans offer emotional support to those who need it most, when they need it most. You don’t have to be suicidal to ring Samaritans. Many people call because they are stressed, depressed, anxious, bereaved or lonely or struggling with everyday life.

Anyone who is struggling over the coming weeks can call us on Freephone 116 123, text on 087 260 9090, email on [email protected] or visit us at 3 Court Devenish Athlone.

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