City safeguarders fundraising for new base

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Two local suicide awareness organisations are coming together to open a shared permanent base of operations in Limerick City. They have begun a fundraising drive to refurbish their new shared premises, which the local authority has made available to them.

The Haven Hub and Limerick Land Search Team have been granted a new base of operations near the river by Limerick City and County Council.

“The Mental Health Community Center initiative will allow us to continue to provide vital peer support to those most in distress. But it will also give us a stable base of operations to deliver our wellness program,” said Leona O’Callaghan, founder and chairperson of the Haven Hub.

PR and Media Director for the Haven Hub Pat Doran added: “With Limerick having the highest rate of suicide in the country, it’s vitally important that the community is aware of what we do. But also that they know where we are when they need us most. We hope that this project will turn suicide rates in Limerick on its head.”

Chairman for Limerick Land Search Team Calvin Prendergast has said: “This will be more than just a base for our unit but a hub for the community where they can reach out for help. The next step is renovating the premises and over the next few months we will be hoping the people of Limerick will get behind the project.”

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The charities have organised a fundraising night in Fitzgerald’s Bar, Thomondgate, tonight (Friday August 19). Acts performing include magician, Steve Spade, Greg Ryan, Kilkenny Mel, and more. MC on the night will be Leon Andersen. Tickets are €10.

The Haven Hub has also organised a GoFundMe to help with the costs associated with the rebuilding of the premises. Donations can be made at https://gofund.me/26e13aab.