Element Six staff raise vital funds for suicide charity

Element Six staff raise vital funds for suicide charity

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Photo: Arthur Ellis

One year on from inaugural charity cycle, staff from Element Six in Shannon were back in the saddle undeterred by blustery and damp conditions.

28 workers who took on a 50km cycle across south east Clare in aid of Limerick Suicide Watch (LSW).

Braving the gusty conditions were also two members of LSW, as the group took off from outside the company’s Shannon Free Zone site.  Their route took them via Bunratty, Sixmilebridge, Quin, Newmarket on Fergus and back to Shannon.

The cycle raised €3,000, with the €1,500 in direct fund raising matched by Element Six.  So far this year, together with matching proceeds from the company, staff activities have raised €17,026 for Limerick Suicide Watch.

LSW’s main focus is to keep eyes on the river and identify and provide support to those in distress and who may be contemplating suicide.  Their volunteer patrol teams are duty four nights a week but their great hope is to increase this to seven nights a week in the near future as new volunteers come onboard. They depend totally on donations from the public and fundraising events, like those undertaken by Element Six, to enable their continued life-saving work.

Grainne Loonam, who coordinates the Element Six charity programme, said: “Limerick Suicide Watch does incredible, life-saving work.  It’s volunteerism at its best and we at Element Six are delighted to support their ongoing work.

“Friday was a great day, raising much needed funds that were matched by the company. Everyone enjoyed themselves and it was great to have Mike O’Mara and Edel Henriques from Limerick Suicide Watch join us.  We have more events planned for later in the year with a Charity Bake sale in October, a Christmas lunch in December that the company will pay for and we are also collecting 20c per paper cup used in our canteen. It will all add up to a decent sum for a very worthy charity.”

Last year, staff of Element Six raised some €16,748 for its 2017 designated charity Cliona’s Foundation.

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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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