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Thursday 12 December 2019

Running to give hope to children in despair

Race provides massive boost to suicide charity

Peter Moroney. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Peter Moroney. Photo: Gerry Mooney

ONE of the most amazing things about the Flora Women's Mini Marathon is the spirit brought by individuals and groups running for charity.

The beneficiaries run the gamut from hospitals and helplines, homeless shelters to personal development programmes, and include big name charities the like of Action Breast Cancer, The Samaritans and the DSPCA. Some are growing, and participation in the event is a large part of their success.

SOSAD (Save Our Sons And Daughters) is one such organisation. Peter Moroney founded the charity in 2003, following the death of his son Simon, by suicide.

Growth

"After we had gotten through most of the worst part of our grief, we researched suicide to try to find out how we had let Simon down so much," Peter explains.

"We did find that, like us, there were very little support available for people who were depressed and/or suicidal."

The response was so great that the Moroneys decided to start a charity.

SOSAD has six branches across Ireland, and having trained volunteers 24/7 is the key to keeping callers safe.

That takes cash flow to maintain, and the Mini Marathon is the charity's biggest fundraiser of the year.

"Our first involvement was in 2008 when we had 27 participants," he says.

"This year we have more than 400."

This incredible growth is due not only to the charity's commitment to its goals.

"Things learned about us are not forgotten, so people will remember SOSAD – especially if they think we can help them," says Peter.

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