The Pride of Tipperary Sarah Dillon hosted a successful Winter Ball recently in aid of Pieta House fund-raising over €4383 for the charity.
Sarah is in her third year studying Psychiatric Nursing in Dublin City University and is particularly passionate in caring for those who suffer from mental illnesses.
“The Winter Ball was a fantastic success and I was overwhelmed by the support from the community.
My goal of raising awareness of mental health and getting people to speak about this real issue was most definitely achieved on the night. As a community we need to take more time to listen, acknowledge the dark moments but remember there is always hope. It could be your mother, your father, your sister, your brother, your son, your daughter or your friend. When “I” is replaced by “we” illness becomes wellness.”
Sarah had three guest speakers on the night. Liz Quish, a counsellor who works for Pieta House, spoke about the organisation and the wonderful support they provide to the community. Counsellor and Psychotherapist Donna Been spoke about mental health in our community and how mental health professional’s help people cope and Seamus Hennessy, all-Ireland winning hurler who is currently an ambassador for Pieta House, heading up the “mind your mind” suicide awareness campaign, spoke about his own personal and touching story on the night.
Pieta House is a free, accessible organisation for those who are in suicidal distress or engage in self-harm. The vision is to have a world where suicide, self-harm and stigma have been replaced by hope, self-care and acceptance.
Sarah wishes to thank all the local businesses for their sponsorship and spot prizes on the night: Aherlow House Hotel, Tipperary Co-op Super Value, Anna from Bluebell Cupcakes, Jean and Shauna for the cupcakes designed specifically with the Pieta House logo, the Concannon family from Galway, Colm O’ Keefe for lighting on the night, Ann from Joe Whelan’s, Dee Morrissey, Kissanes Pharmacy, Kiely’s Lounge, Dillon’s Joinery, Dorethy Flowers, Hourigan for Men, St. Anthoney’s Nursing Home and Finesse Hair Salon.
“The Winter Ball would not have been possible without the tremendous generosity and support from my family, friends and the whole community and I want to thank everyone most sincerely for donating to such a worthy organisation that is most definitely needed in our society,” said Sarah. “A big thank you goes to Sharon O’ Dwyer and Brian English who helped me in so many ways since winning the pride especially with organising the event. Finally a special thank to my wonderful family - Mam, Dad, Maria and Sean who have supported me since winning Pride of Tipperary. Without their continued support the event would not have been possible.”