Dave Hanly, general manager at Element Six, pictured with volunteers Audrey Ellis, Mike O'Mara, Shirley Johnston, Michele Hill, and Niamh Doyle
STAFF at synthetic diamond producer Element Six have given a New Year’s boost to Limerick Suicide Watch.
Over the last year, staff at the former De Beers facility in the Shannon Free Zone have held a variety of fundraising initiatives to raise money for the group, which provides regular patrols of the banks of the river, providing support for those in distress.
These included a charity cycle, sponsored walk, weekly bake sales, an Easter raffle and a Christmas lunch.
As an extra boost for the team’s fundraising efforts, the amount raised by employees was then matched by Element Six to bring the total donation for LSW to €22,616.10.
Element Six staff charity committee leader, Grainne Loonam attended the cheque presentation and said both staff and management were delighted with the amount raised.
“This is our second year choosing a designated charity and we are thrilled with what’s been achieved. It means a huge amount to the team at Element Six that we were able to raise such a significant amount of money in just one year,” she said, “We are very happy to support such a worthy organisation that provides a priceless, life-saving service to the people of Limerick.”
In return, staff were given a ‘Safetalk’ course, aiming to teach attendees about how to approach and help people who are in suicidal distress.
Five workers at Element Six were able to attend the course, with Grainne adding: “On top of being able to raise funds for the organisation, we received a valuable insight into the work of LSW.”
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