Registration has opened for Helplink’s Coldtober fundraiser

Registration has opened for Coldtober 2022 — Helplink’s annual fundraising event for the month of October.

Each day Helplink invites you to join in this month-long sea swimming fundraiser challenge to help them get one step closer to meeting our mission; to support children, young people and adults with their mental health.

Follow the journey on social media pages, and tag them on Instagram @HelplinkMentalHealth, Twitter @HelplinkMH and Facebook @HelplinkMentalHealth.

They also have a Coldtober 2022 Facebook Group. Don’t forget to use hashtag #Coldtober!

The first 500 participants to register for the challenge will receive a Coldtober Portwest beanie from sponsor Portwest Ireland, and the delicious, unique Solaris Tea to warm you up after your sea swim.

For anyone who would like to take part but isn’t near a sea swimming spot, you can take part by having a 30-second cold shower each day!

Helplink are thrilled to be launching Coldtober for a second year in a row.

Coldtober 2021 was a huge success and totally exceeded expectations. They saw 490 participants register for the sea swimming fundraiser from 20 counties across Ireland, and the funding from this fundraiser helped Helpink’s counselling services to expand immensely.

During 2021, in their Galway location, they provided just over 1,200 counselling appointments to children, young people and adults. In the first six months of 2022 they did the same amount of appointments as they did in the whole year of 2021; a 100% growth in demand!

Helplink have also hired 16 new counsellors to keep up with demand for online and offline appointments, and have hired a full time Services Delivery Manager to monitor and streamline all of our counselling services and provide support to counselors.

Coldtober allowed us to hire a new play therapist to meet the demand for play therapy appointments, it has resulted in a whopping 42% increase in the service in the four months following Coldtober compared to the previous year

Play therapy supports children age 3-12 in Galway and Castlebar and allows children the time and space to work out what may be troubling them, supporting each child to fulfil their full potential

Register here >


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