Element Six raises €22,616 for Limerick Suicide Watch

Element Six raises €22,616 for Limerick Suicide Watch


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Shannon-based supplier of synthetic diamond, Element Six, delivered a new year boost to life-saving volunteer organisation Limerick Suicide Watch (LSW). 

Throughout 2018, employees at Element Six’s Shannon-based facility led a variety of fundraising initiatives to raise money for this deserving charity. Fundraising events included a charity cycle, sponsored walk, weekly bake sales, an Easter raffle and a Christmas lunch.

As an extra boost for the team’s fundraising efforts, the amount raised by employees was then matched by Element Six to bring the total donation for LSW to €22,616.10.

Element Six Staff Charity Committee leader, Grainne Loonam attended the cheque presentation and said both staff and management were delighted with the amount raised.

Grainne commented “This is our second year choosing a designated charity and we are thrilled with what’s been achieved. It means a huge amount to the team at Element Six that we were able to raise such a significant amount of money in just one year.

“We are very happy to support such a worthy organisation that provides a priceless, life-saving service to the people of Limerick.”

One example of the invaluable work conducted by Limerick Suicide Watch is their ‘Safetalk’ course. The course aims to teach attendees how to approach and deal with people who are in distress, including those who are contemplating taking their own life. In October 2018, five Element Six employees were able to attend the course, which they found both informative and practical, and said it gave them an insight into the importance of the work done by LSW.

“The course was hugely beneficial because, on top of being able to raise funds for the organisation, we received a valuable insight into the work of LSW and the volunteer work that keeps it going. It’s been a really positive experience all-round.

“Today’s presentation is the culmination of 12months of hard work by the Element Six team, and to know the money raised is making a difference makes it so worthwhile.”

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.