Patrick Flaherty, sales and marketing manager, Sarsfield Credit Union presents a cheque to Johnny Togher, Pieta House Picture: Keith Wiseman
“THIS money has enabled us to maybe save someone’s life, that’s how we see it,” said a spokesperson for Pieta House of its partnership with a Limerick city credit union.
The suicide prevention group is set for a year-long boost after being selected by members of the Sarsfield Credit Union as the lender’s ‘partner’ for 2018.
Pieta House will now receive a cheque for €1,000 from the credit union, as well as a year of promotion and support.
Pieta House fundraiser Johnny Togher told the Limerick Leader it costs the charity up to €900 to put someone through the suicide prevention programme from start to finish.
“We’re absolutely delighted. Hopefully this donation has enabled us to help somebody.”
The Credit Union, based on Glentworth Street, picked three charities, Pieta House, Cliona's Foundation and the Dooradoyle/Raheen Men’s Shed project, and asked its members to decide on which one its partner for 2018.
The other two charities will also receive €250 each.
“The money is important but awareness is important too. Everyone who went through Sarsfield Credit Union saw the Pieta House banner and now might be more inclined to pick up a leaflet or call for help.”
Pieta House receives just 15% of its funding from the Government, according to Mr Togher.
“The rest is funded through the community,” he added.