Kerry Airport announces its charity partnership with Pieta House for 2020.
Kerry Airport, C.E.O., John Mulhern has announced that Kerry Airport will team up with Pieta House for 2020.
“The wellbeing of passengers is a priority for our airport and when immersed every day in tourists enjoying our beautiful county it can be easy to lose sight of those; often male, often farmers, often struggling with small businesses, often battling existing mental health issues without support who increasingly find themselves marginalised and isolated in rural Ireland. In choosing Pieta House as our charity partner for 2020, Kerry Airport has rightly identified with an organisation equally concerned about this increasing marginalisation of rural Ireland and the isolation many feel as population centres and opportunities for social interaction shift relentlessly into urban centres. Pieta House has a dedicated team working in Kerry to support people and communities in crisis by providing freely accessible, professional services to all who may be affected by suicide,” he said.
Commenting on the partnership between Pieta House and Kerry Airport, Elaine Austin, CEO of Pieta House, said: “We are very privileged to be part of Kerry Airport’s vision and next phase of growth to support people and communities in crisis – those at risk of suicide, engaging in self harm, or those bereaved by suicide to replace this with hope, self-care and acceptance. 1 in 7 adults have experienced mental health issues in the last 12 months and it costs approximately €1,000 to bring one person through our services each year so community fundraising is vital to sustain the level of care needed. Our annual ‘Darkness into Light’ events and current ‘FeelGood with Pieta’ campaign aims to raise vital funds for these services to make it easy for people to ask for and to get the help they need, to make a difference in their lives, to feel better. At its heart, Pieta is about working with people to lift levels of suicidal ideation, to help them bring hope back into their lives and to improve their levels of self-care, and support people and families that have been impacted by the loss of a loved one by suicide.”
Kerry Airport and Pieta House will team-up in the coming months to launch the 2020 Darkness Into Light Walks in Kerry as well as other events that will raise funds for and awareness of the great work being done by the volunteers and friends of Pieta.
Kerry Airport, proud sponsor of Pieta House.