Local bands combine for worthy cause

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

TOP local bands and prominent Limerick businesses have come together to support a recently opened outreach centre for suicide prevention in Mungret with a benefit gig.

TOP local bands and prominent Limerick businesses have come together to support a recently opened outreach centre for suicide prevention in Mungret with a benefit gig.

The ‘Limerick Live for Life’ benefit gig will take place this Friday in Dolan’s Warehouse and will feature top local bands The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra, the Funk Junkies, Seneca and Moley from Size2Shoes and Cork band John Blek and the Rats, Pieta House, the recently opened centre for the prevention of self-harm and suicide, will be beneficiaries of the evening.

Despite the current economic climate, several local businesses including The Pier Hotel, Matthew Stevens Jewellers and Marbles Hair Salon have provided spot prizes. The top prize is two nights’ accommodation and B&B at the Celtic Ross Hotel in Rosscarbery, West Cork. Comedy hip-hop outfit, The Rubberbandits, have also donated signed merchandise for the raffle.

The fundraising gig is being organised by Cork native Evelyn Collins, who has been living in Limerick for eight years. Last year Ms Collins lost a brother to suicide and became “concerned about doing something to help the cause to prevent more tragic deaths”.

“This is a very worthy cause. Suicide is Ireland’s biggest silent killer. Every week 10 families go through the heartbreak of losing a loved one to suicide. In one year that amounts to more deaths than those seen through road accidents. Last year, my family became one of those families, and I lost my beloved younger brother, Daniel,” she explained.

“I’m delighted that the very best of Limerick and Cork’s musical talent are giving their time to put on an amazing show. I’m very grateful to Dolan’s and many other businesses, which have also offered their support,” she explained.

Ms Collins said the centre, which has 10 therapists who will deliver a face-to-face service for those in distress, would give “vital support for those in need as well as providing professional help in the community”.

Entry to the event this Friday is a minimum of €7. Donations at: www.mycharity.ie/event/limerickliveforlife/.

A special volunteer night for Pieta Mid-West will be held on Wednesday February 23 at 7.30pm in the South Park Hotel. All are welcome.