As City Hall shines purple in support of those recovering from addiction, the people of Cork are being asked to ensure they ‘Leave a light on’.
As part of International Recovery Day, Cork City Hall, along with iconic buildings in Dublin and Limerick, will light up in a bid to offer hope of recovery from addiction for individuals, families and communities.
The HSE, in conjunction with the Recovery Academy of Ireland, developed the ‘Leave a light on’ campaign as part of the global celebration of recovery day (30 September).
This year, the campaign is calling for people to use a torch, a flash light, their phone - or even Christmas lights - to light up their front windows and show support and “a beacon of hope” for those recovering from drug and alcohol addiction.
“The Leave a light on campaign serves a beacon of hope, signifying that help is available and that people can and do recover,” said Project Coordinator of the Recovery Academy of Ireland, Paul Duff.
“It gives me great pride to see well-known buildings light up purple this year. It takes enormous courage and commitment for people to enter recovery. Often people have to overcome marginalisation, stigmatisation and in many cases trauma,” he said.
“Recovery month is an opportunity to recognise their achievements and to celebrate people individual journeys to get to where they are now.”