THREE local Councillors are preparing themselves for what they are calling a giant leap of fate. Andrew McGuinness (FF), Billy Ireland (FG) and Joe Malone (FF) are putting political party differences aside to jump from an aeroplane over 10,000ft in the sky but don’t worry, their parachutes will ensure the pair land safely on their feet.
Cllr Billy Ireland decided to do something to support World Suicide Prevention Day and said that he the skydive was a good way of highlighting the issue. “We need to remove the social stigma from mental health and all things associated with it and I am doing my small bit ot help,” the Danesfort man said.
The charity sky dive is to raise funds for Suicide Awareness and Prevention. As part of a large group of volunteers, Councillors McGuinness, Ireland and Malone aim to raise as much money as possible.
“The sad reality is that suicide rates in Ireland are higher than ever right now and almost everybody knows somebody touched by this kind of tragedy,” Cllr McGuinness said.
“One of the main organisations that will benefit from this is Lá Go Lá, a web based organisation made up of professional Councillors who volunteer their services by administrating a Facebook page and website where people who may be considering suicide as an option can talk to somebody from the comfort of their own homes,” he said.
“With over 100,000 members, this Facebook page has the potential to save lives and has already done so. I want to help them to continue the great work that they have done so far,” he said
Cllr Joe Malone is donating the funds he raises to GROW Mental Health and Mental Health Association to keep the local element to it. The event is being organised by a team of people including Liz Campbell who has become an advocate for suicide awareness and prevention.
“Liz and her team have been doing a fantastic job and deserve all of the support they can get for this project. September 10th is going to be a full day out and all are welcome to attend. Liz and her team have organised a great day full of entertainment along with the sky dives at Kilkenny Airfield so its something to put in the diary for everybody,” said the three Councillors.