Samaritans helping Cork people for 45 years

Samaritans helping Cork people for 45 years

To promote their helpline service for troubled people, the Samaritans commissioned an artwork on Inchydoney beach, outside Clonakilty.

Cork Samaritans are marking their 45th year of helping Corkonians this year.

Last year the service answered a total of 67,916 calls for help, with many of the calls received out of hours when other support is not available.

In celebration of this great achievement, and to promote the great service they provide, the organisation commissioned a sand art piece that was created on Inchydoney beach outside Clonakilty.

The artwork, which was created by Waterford artist Sean Corcoran, was filmed by Paddy Barron.

A video of the artwork is being released this weekend on the Cork Samaritans Facebook and Twitter account.

The charity hopes the video will help promote the listening service.

Director of Cork branch Aileen Spitere said they are not only celebrating the volunteers that help the service, but also the people who are brave enough to pick up the phone and call the service.

“It all about getting the positive mental health message out there."

Ms Spitere said the service had come on leaps and bounds since the organisation first started 45 years ago.

“When we started we were purely telephone and drop in, but now we have expanded to emails and texts and we have more and more people calling in.” 

Highlighting the importance of the service, Ms Spitere said: “Samaritans are the only organisation whose volunteers are available round the clock, providing a beacon of light to those struggling during the loneliest hours.” 

July is a particularly special month for Cork Samaritans as they are hosting a number of events to highlight their free support service.

This weekend A fight against suicide concert is being held in the Crane Lane.

The gig, which will take place at 8pm on Saturday 8 July, will showcase a host of local Cork talent including Kiran Chopra, Emma Cotter, The Vercettis and Christiana Underwood.

Tickets are €15, for more information you can check out the event page: Live Worth Living: A Fight Against Suicide Concert.

The Cork Samaritans is a 100% voluntary organisation, with no paid staff. They rely solely on donations and fundraising initiatives. All money donated to Cork Samaritans is used to keep the branch open and deliver the listening service to those experiencing difficulties in life.

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