LOCAL Limerick band, Anna’s Anchor, is to host a Christmas gig tomorrow to raise funds for Limerick Suicide Watch.
The gig will take place at the Commercial and all proceeds will go towards the local volunteer group which monitors the city river and provides support to those in distress contemplating suicide.
Speaking to Limerick Voice about the gig, Lucy O’Hara from Limerick Suicide Watch said Anna’s Anchor “are an excellent band that fundraise for us every Christmas. We are extremely grateful to them”.
The patrol team are currently on duty on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday night and they patrol the banks of the River Shannon and the 7 Bridges of Limerick City.
The Limerick Suicide Watch team explained that the money raised will go towards life-saving equipment and training for their volunteers “which provide us with the skills to help people who may need a listening ear or are contemplating suicide”.
Fundraising for training is essential when it comes to Limerick Suicide Watch as “training is compulsory and consists of Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training which is provided by the HSE, CPR, AED training, child protection, ligature training, riverside training, man in the water training with Limerick Marine Search and Rescue, and manual handling”.
Thanks to fundraising events like this, Limerick Suicide Watch have adequate funds to cover their operational costs for the coming 1-2 years. This includes covering the cost of patrol equipment and gear, full insurance for the members, continuous training, and the day to day running of the office.
“Limerick Suicide Watch would be unable to patrol without the generosity and support of so many of the people of Limerick and surrounding areas, companies, businesses, schools and colleges”, said Lucy O’Hara.
The Limerick Suicide Watch team visit schools, colleges and places of work to promote mental health awareness and encourage conversation around mental health and suicide and the group depends on donations from the public and fundraising events to fund uniforms, jackets and life rings.
Anna’s Anchor are an indie alternative rock band from Limerick and have made it easy for everyone to donate! For those that cannot make the show on Saturday night but still want to donate to the cause, you can do so by buying a ticket for the raffle online at https://annasanchor.bigcartel.com/.
Special guests Hey Rusty and Kayleigh O’Brien will also be there on the night and tickets are still available from Eventbrite for just €10.
If you, or someone you know is in crisis and needs support, please call or access the following:
The Samaritans (116123), ShannonDoc (1850 212 999), your GP/Mental Health Team, Pieta House (1800 247 247), The Emergency Department of your local hospital, Emergency Services (999 or 112) or www.yourmentalhealth.ie.