Thirteen individuals have successfully raised over €7,000 this October for a skydiving fundraiser in aid of Pieta House.
Pieta House is a suicide prevention and bereavement service which, in 2019, recorded a loss of 427 lives to suicide in Ireland.
Due to COVID-19, Pieta House’s largest annual fundraising event, ‘The Darkness into Light’ walk was unable to run this year, resulting in a budget downfall of €6.5m.
Limerick woman and fundraiser, Molly Cluney (20) says: “It was on September 10th, it was World Suicide Prevention Day and I was at home donating on the Pieta House page when I decided, I want to do something more, I wanted to help this charity that helps so many. Within minutes I decided on the skydive and thankfully I had so many people willing to get on board”.
The group consists of friends, students and work colleagues – most of whom work together in the Ballybunion Cliffhouse Hotel, including its owner, Kevin O’Callaghan.
The idea was to “take a leap” out of a plane as a sign of solidarity to those who “take the leap” in reaching out for help.
The group explains: “Just like every skydive, once you reach out, you fall a bit and rely on your support for a while. But you will in fact land on your feet. Always remember no matter how scary that jump is, you will always land on solid ground.”
Unfortunately, as a result of COVID-19 and new government guidelines, the group had to postpone the skydive until next February.
Despite this set back, the group still managed to exceed their fundraising goal by €3,000 with over 276 individual donors.
Pieta House representative says: “Every 1000 euro raised gives someone up to 20 sessions with a therapist totally free of charge and gives families up to 30 bereavement counselling sessions so the money you raised will help a lot of people out.”
Pieta House have 19 centres located across Ireland and provide 24/7 free support. If you are feeling suicidal, self-harming or bereaved, you can contact Pieta 24/7 via the Freephone crisis helpline on 1800 247 247 or you can also text HELP to 51444.