YOGA enthusiasts in Cork raised more than €22,000 for charity this summer.
Yoga in the Park has come to an end for this year, with participants raising a huge €22,297 for Cork Simon and Pieta House.
Himalaya Yoga Valley, one of the country's biggest yoga centres, runs two weekly events; one at Fitzgerald's Park, which raised €13,897 for Cork Simon, and a second at Ballincollig Regional Park, which raised €8,400 for Pieta House.
The classes, which are donation-based, have been running since 2014 at Fitzgerald's Park, with more than €50,000 raised for Cork Simon in that time. Due to its success, a second event started in Ballincollig this summer.
Every Saturday morning from June 2 to September 8, more than 300 people attended classes at Fitzgerald's Park, with 150 more at the regional park. The event promotes well-being in Cork and has started many people off on their yoga journey.
Himalaya Yoga Valley won the National Friendly Business Award for Community Impact in 2017 because of the success of this initiative and have also been shortlisted for the Chambers Ireland Corporate Social Responsibility Awards in the SME Category which takes place in Dublin today.
Cork Simon Community’s Director, Dermot Kavanagh, said: “Himalaya Yoga Valley’s Yoga In The Park is an inspiring example of the wider community in Cork coming together to show they really care about homelessness and the people experiencing it. This summer alone, the initiative raised a most welcome €13,897 to tackle homelessness in Cork, bringing the grand total since Yoga In The Park first started to €51,647. We are most grateful to the yoga enthusiasts, our volunteers, Himalaya Yoga Valley Centre and everyone involved in Yoga In The Park; thank you for believing in people.”
Brian Higgins CEO of Pieta House said “Pieta is really grateful for the generous donation from Himalaya Yoga Valley Centre Cork. The funds received will help us provide our nationwide services which are free of charge and freely available therapeutic services to people who are in suicidal distress and those who engage in self-harm”.