Henry Shefflin calls on people of Kilkenny to donate to Youth Mental Health this bank holiday weekend

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Henry Shefflin calls on people of Kilkenny to donate to Youth Mental Health this bank holiday weekend

Martina Maher and Jacinta Purcell joined Henry Shefflin as well as Luke Dunne, Sophie Slattery, Megan Walsh and Jamie Brennan in the One for Ireland Campaign. Photo: Pat Moore.

Henry Shefflin visited the Youthwork Ireland Youth Centre at Desert Hall, Kilkenny today in support of the One for Ireland Campaign taking place throughout the May Bank Holiday weekend (Friday 28 April to Monday 1 May). Customers around the country will be asked to add €1 to their bill at the till at retailers nationwide along with restaurants, cafés, hotels, pharmacies and hairdressers 

These include Applegreen, Starbucks, Mace, Fresh, Spar, Eurospar, Londis, XL, SparExpress, Flying Tiger Copenhagen, Aura Leisure, Cara Pharmacies and members of the Restaurant Association of Ireland. The Lions Clubs of Ireland will be out in force providing volunteer support over the weekend.

The campaign, run by young people for young people, is in its second year, with the initiative in 2016 raising over €172,000 for youth homelessness. Funds donated will be used to improve the lives of children and young people in the Kilkenny area through the Youthwork Ireland FRIENDS programme, an evidence-based programme for building psychological resilience and reducing anxiety which is endorsed by the World Health Organisation. By donating to the campaign people can allow this programme to be delivered at Youthwork Ireland centres to children across the Kilkenny area and beyond.

In addition to donating in-store people can also donate €2 by texting “One” to 50300**. Visit www.oneforireland.ie to donate or for more information.