Sunday 30th September saw 75 sprightly, determined people walk a loop around the village of Cloughjordan for Pieta House. A couple of men, a few children but mainly women walked chatted and laughed as they were raising very necessary money for a charity that deals with Suicide and Self-harm.
The event was organised by Teresa Williams, a community champion who each year encourages and inspires people to walk for different charities, mainly charities who deal with mental health issues. Teresa is well known around Tipperary and is regarded as a person who is selfless, fearless and inspirational. Joan Freeman CEO of Pieta House who was present on the day spoke about Teresa and her husband Gilbert and their generosity to helping people who are in difficulties and how they work tirelessly to prevent families going through dark times.
Pieta House, the suicide and self-harm crisis centre, officially opened its doors in Lucan, Co. Dublin in January 2006. The unique clinically-based model developed by Pieta House is used across its five centres in Dublin and Limerick. Plans are in place to open a new centre in Tuam, and there are also active discussions in progress to open centres in Roscrea and Cork.
Pieta House provides a professional, face to face, free of charge therapeutic service for people in the acute stages of distress. Its primary aim is to reduce suicide by helping people get through that critical phase when suicide becomes a plan rather than just an idea.
Since 2006, Pieta House has grown to almost 80 therapists and staff. Demand for their services is constantly on the rise. To date over 8,000 people have been seen and helped by Pieta House.
Pieta House’s vision is that no-one in Ireland should be more than 100 kilometres from a Pieta House centre where they can avail of the clinical services at that time of crisis. For more information log on to www.pieta.ie Helpful Pieta House leaflets in Cloughjordon Church.
Cllr Michael Smith congratulated all involved in the charity walk and looked forward to the outreach centre being achieved in Roscrea. He lauded the great work of volunteers who have put their shoulder to the wheel for the cause.
Back Row: Róisín Cahill, Heather Persse, Mary Gibson, Mary Grace, Ciara Williams, Catherine Stanley, Dawn Stanley, Margaret Mooney, Meryl Gillespie, Ann Mahon Lorrha, Marie O’Neill, Gary Feighery, Helen Costello, Mary Reid Boulabane Roscrea.
Middle Row: Mary Mooney, Olive Reid Boulabane, John Treacy, Emily Morgan, Kathleen Grace, Millie Larke, Ben Shiels, Faye Ryan, Carol Larkin, Josie Killackey, Teresa Reid Boulabane, Nuala O’Neill, Emby Foote, Amanda Foote, Irene Hodgins, Freddie Williams, Nathasa Hodgins, Colette Carey, Noeleen Murphy, Anne Williams, Bridget Greene Grange Roscrea, Sandra Williams.
Front Row (L to R): Lauren Cooney, Fr. Tom Whelan, Mary McLoughlin Timeighter Roscrea, Helen Deane ( Irish Heart Foundation Fundraiser), Mairéad Ramsbottom (Liaison Officer ), Gilbert Williams, Teresa Williams ((Organiser & Fundraiser)), Joan Freeman (Founder & CEO Pieta House), Paul McNamara (Chairman Pieta House Roscrea), Marie Gibson, Peg Murphy, Gretta Williams, Laura Williams, Sinéad Ramsbottom Roscomroe Roscrea.
Veronica Tierney, Aoife Tierney, Emily Tierney, Edel Hassett, Nell Darcy, Ann Bradley Rathnaleen Nenagh,, Mary Maher, Terry Killackey, Mary Darcy, Linda Thomson, Bernie O’Meara, Helen Walsh, Elaine Madden, Ciara Gibson, Majella Banaghan, Anne O’Brien, Josie White, Anna McLoughlin, Síle McLoughlin , Áine McLoughlin , Caroline Carey, Pat O’Meara, Niamh Morkan, Mary Deane