20 daring Limerick people to take leap of faith in charity skydive for Coolmine

Olivia Roche, Tara Hubbard, Joanne Molloy, Aileen Wall, Stephen Casey, Cian Molloy, and Emma Lynch are among the 20 taking the jump for Coolmine. Photo: Brendan Gleeson.

A LOCAL fundraiser is hoping to take the work of alcohol and drug rehabilitation service Coolmine to new heights as participants leap headfirst into a charity skydive to fundraise for the Limerick-based charity.

Organised by Joanne Molloy, the skydive for Coolmine is aiming to raise as much money as possible for the service and the work it does in Limerick and further afield.

Speaking to the Limerick Post, Ms Molloy said that, having overcome addiction herself with the help of Coolmine and taking on a bachelor’s degree in community addiction studies at TUS Limerick, she knows firsthand the work that Coolmine does and wants to give back to the organisation for all the help it has given her over the years.

“I organised this fundraiser to try and raise funds for pro-social activities for the women and the kids, because they’re a great service and they offer a lot of support to the people in Limerick,” Joanne explains.

Jumping off on April 27, Joanne and a group of 20 other people will head to Offaly to do the tandem skydive to raise money for Coolmine’s services and show that trusting others in recovery is as important as making the leap – either into recovery, or in this case, out of a plane at 10,000 feet.

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“I wanted to give back to Coolmine because I see what they do for their clients,” Joanne said.

“It’s a gender-based service, so it’s women and children they support, so for me, I’m a single mother and I know how hard it is overcoming addiction and into recovery.

“There’s a lot of people suffering from addiction at the minute, but there’s a lot of positive outcomes from Coolmine where people have changed their life massively,” Joanne concluded.

Each of the participants doing the jump has a sponsorship card for donations, but the group has also set up an iDonate page for the people of Limerick to make online donations. It can be found on idonate.ie/event/skydiveforcoolminetherapeuticcommunity.