Telecommunications Industry Ireland (TII), the Ibec group that represents the industry, held a Dragon Boat Regatta at Grand Canal Dock, in support of Samaritans Ireland.
Eight companies (BT, eir, ESB Telecoms, SIRO, Sky, Three, Virgin Media and Vodafone) took part in the regatta on Thursday, 25th September 2019, the objective of which is to raise awareness of the vital work done by Samaritans Ireland.
Shay Walsh, Managing Director, BT Ireland and Chair of Telecommunications Industry Ireland said: “We are delighted to be taking on our industry colleagues in this fun dragon boat race to provide much needed support to Samaritans Ireland.
“While we may be competitive in the water and in business, we know we can make a bigger impact if we come together to give back to the communities in which we all operate.”
Since 2014, Samaritans has partnered with the six largest telecoms providers to fund the line (BT Ireland, eir, Sky Ireland, Three Ireland, Virgin Media Ireland and Vodafone Ireland). All are members of TII.
Niall Mulligan, Executive Director, Samaritans Ireland said: “It is fantastic that the telecoms companies and Ibec’s Telecommunications Industry Ireland (TII) have once again come out to support Samaritans Ireland.
“More than three million calls have been answered by Samaritans volunteers since the telecommunications industry started to fund the helpline five years ago, and we are delighted that our partnership is continuing. Without the commitment from our own volunteers, and the ongoing assistance of the telecoms companies in Ireland, some of those calls may well have gone unanswered.”
The telecommunications industry has funded the Samaritans helpline since 2014 and recently committed to continue that support until 2024. This ensures members of the public are not charged for calls to the emotional support helpline number 116 123.
Note to Editors
- In 2007, the European Commission decided to reserve numbers beginning with 116 for services of social value that would be common across all EU member states. The number 116 123 has been given for all 24-hour emotional support helplines. In Ireland, ComReg was charged with managing the assignment of the 116 numbers and awarded the emotional support helpline to Samaritans.
- Telecommunications Industry Ireland is the Ibec representative group for the telecoms sector, whose members account for the vast bulk of industry investment and employment. Collectively, the telecoms industry in Ireland employs more than 25,000 people and our members have invested €2.75bn in the national network over the last five years.
- Anyone can contact Samaritans any time for free from any phone on 116 123. This number is free to call and will not show up on your phone bill. Or text 087 260 9090 (standard rates apply), email [email protected] or go to www.samaritans.org to find details of your local branch where you can talk to a trained volunteers face to face.