Miltown store staff take part in charity climb

Miltown store staff take part in charity climb

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McNamee’s Londis, Miltown Malbay, Co Clare will join over 165 other Londis retailers and their friends and take part in Climb for Joy, which involves scaling Ireland’s highest mountain, Carrauntoohil in Co Kerry.

The event will take place on Saturday (27th May) in order to raise money and awareness for mental health charity, Pieta House.

Paul McGrath was on hand recently to lend his support for the launch of Londis Climb for Joy and acknowledges the vital work Pieta House carries out each day in local communities across Ireland by providing free and therapeutic care for people who are in suicidal distress and those with mental health issues.

According to Kevin McNamee, Londis Miltown Malbay, “We are really looking forward to the climb. Pieta House is a very worthy charity and it’s important to have this type of support in our community. Anyone who wishes to sponsor us and donate to Pieta House can do so in store.”

Londis began its partnership with Pieta House in 2016 when over 30 retailers put their fears aside and undertook parachute jumps for the Londis Jump for Joy event last May at The Irish Parachute Club, in Clonbullogue, Co Offaly. The initiative raised over €35,000 for Pieta House.

Following that success, even more Londis retailers, their family and friends are getting involved this year and they are all set to embark on the challenging climb of Carrauntoohil this month, which will surely be a tough but rewarding experience.

Senator Joan Freeman, Founder of Pieta House said, “We would like to extend our thanks to Londis for partnering with Pieta House. Without this kind of support, we would be unable to provide our services to those in need and highlight the issue of mental health in Ireland. Londis is making a real difference to those with mental health issues through this partnership.”

Pieta house are located in nine towns around the country; Ballyfermot, Lucan, Finglas, Cork, Tralee, Limerick, Roscrea, Waterford and Tuam and their goal is to have a Pieta House within 100kms of every person in Ireland.

 

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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