People urged to take part in city walk and raise funds for suicide charity

Hundreds of people are expected to take to the streets of Galway on Sunday May 15 to raise funds for a local charity with the twin aims of supporting the suicide bereaved and helping prevent suicide.

Michael D Higgins will start the Console Memorial Walk at 2pm at the Claddagh Hall. The route leads to Blackrock and back to the Claddagh Hall. Refreshments will be provided.

Console is appealing to people to take part and raise vital funds for the charity. It is hoping that people from every county in Ireland will participate in the 6.5 kilometre challenge and help raise funds for families whose lives have been torn apart as a result of the loss of a loved one through suicide or those in suicidal crisis.

Margaret Tierney of Console says events such as this are at the request of friends who have lost a loved one to suicide and this event is crucial to maintain suicide bereavement services in Galway, Limerick, Wexford, Cork, Athlone and Dublin, especially in the current economic climate.

“I am overwhelmed at the tremendous response from the local community to every single Console fundraiser and that’s despite the economic crisis. We are very aware that everyone has to tighten their belts and are being asked for money from every angle so we really appreciate any support, even if supporters only raise a very small amount.

“Seeing the devastation of families whose lives will never be the same again inspires us to keep going and provide the support that we can. It all adds up, so we really do literally value every euro that sponsorship can raise. All monies raised from the walk will go towards offering counselling and support at our Renmore facility to families and children bereaved through suicide and those in suicidal crisis.”

Console offers a 24 hour freefone helpline (1800 201 890 ) for those bereaved through suicide and a national suicide prevention helpline (1800 247 100 ) for those in suicidal crisis.

For further information/sponsorship contact (091 ) 480080 or (087 ) 7978130 or email [email protected]

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