Dundalk based suicide and prevention group SOSAD (Save Our Sons And Daughters) is seeking volunteers to take part in the Flora Women’s Mini marathon in Dublin on 3 June.
The charity is hoping volunteers will raise much needed funds on its behalf and to build awareness of the services it provides.
Co-ordinator Davina Shortall is looking forward to this year’s event and hopes that the organisation’s successful participation over the past two year’s mini marathon’ will be replicated.
“An average of 120 people participated over the past couple of years on behalf of SOSAD,” said Davina, “and it was truly amazing to see such support from the local community come together to raise the awareness of suicide.”
This year the Flora Women’s Mini Marathon has introduced new rules resulting in the charity having to charge a €20 fee which will be reimbursed after participants finish the event. SOSAD Ireland are still supplying free transport, free t-shirts and free entertainment after the event. The local charity will organise everything for the entrants so just drop in to the Dundalk office and the staff will look after all. One of the new rules introduced this year is that NO Men are allowed to enter as there will be repercussions for the charity.
SOSAD Ireland is a registered charity based in five locations in the North East – Drogheda, Dundalk, Navan, Cavan and Carrickmacross. It offers a 24 hour helpline that is available 365 days a year. It is a FREE, private and confidential service to provide support and direction for those at risk from suicide. SOSAD also offers bereavement counselling for families and friends affected by suicide.
The organisation relies on fundraising efforts to ensure its survival and all the work associated with the charity is carried out by volunteers. Women of all ages, representing every walk of life are encouraged to take part in the marathon.