Players from a West Cork GAA club have raised an amazing €2,000 for Cork Samaritans, which provides life-saving supports for the region.
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The Clann Na NGael young players held a fundraising event where they dyed their hair, waxed their legs, and shaved their heads is aid of the mental health charity.
The Cork branch of Samaritans, which is opening a new satellite branch in West Cork in the coming months, said the donation will go toward vital running costs.
Samaritans has a 24 hour freephone helpline 126 123 and email service for anyone who is struggling to cope, feeling anxious, lonely, or feeling suicidal. Its volunteers also support people in communities, schools, sports clubs, at festivals and in prisons.
Jon Spencer, volunteer & Director with Cork Samaritans, said: “This substantial donation is greatly appreciated. What the young players have given is significant. In the Cork Branch no one is paid, and we have to raise the funds to keep the branch running, and we thank them for their contribution to the work we do.
“Whatever you’re going through, it doesn’t matter how great or small the problems feel, our volunteers are here at any time of day or night, whatever you’re facing. Anyone can contact Samaritans for free any time from any phone on 116 123, even a mobile without credit, or you can email [email protected].”