Bonnie Ryan today joined Londis and Nestlé Ireland to announce that all proceeds from KitKat four finger chocolate bars sold in Londis stores nationwide from Thursday 3rd - Sunday 6th September will be donated to Pieta.
Pieta works to support people and communities in crisis by providing free counselling and assistance to those who are at risk of suicide, engaging in self-harm and those bereaved by suicide. Pieta operates a network of 19 centres across the country including outreach services, employing over 200 therapists and admin staff.
All funds raised will aid other services, such as the 24/7 Helpline, which has seen an increase in calls since COVID-19.
Speaking at the launch, Rachel Murphy, Fundraising Director at Pieta, said, "I want to thank Londis and Nestlé Ireland for coming together and supporting Pieta through this initiative. In so doing, they are signalling the value and necessity of suicide prevention – a strong gesture of solidarity for all those silently suffering. We know the services of Pieta are now needed more than ever in these times of crisis, and it is important that people know that we are here and they are not alone."
Also speaking at the launch was Andrew Shaw, Country Manager, Nestlé Ireland: "Nestlé Ireland are delighted to continue showing their support for Pieta as part of our three-year partnership. Our 'Charity of The Year' programme allows employees to choose a cause of their choice and work together to fundraise for these organisations, assisting them with the necessary funding for their services. We hope that by working with Londis we can further help Pieta in supporting local communities with vital services that they provide and bringing hope back to those who are in need."
Conor Hayes, Londis Sales Director, added: "Londis is very proud of what we have helped achieve by strongly supporting the important work Pieta is engaged in through our charity partnership over the past six years. Londis retailers have climbed mountains, jumped out of airplanes, braved obstacle courses and undertaken challenging cycles to help raise over €500,000 for Pieta. We are delighted to be working with Nestlé Ireland on this initiative."
For further information on Pieta and its services, visit www.pieta.ie.
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About Pieta Ireland:
Across its 15 centres in Ireland and 4 outreach centres, Pieta offers free counselling to those suffering from suicidal ideation and to people who are engaging in self-harm. Pieta operates a Suicide Bereavement Counselling Service providing free counselling, therapy and support to individuals, couples, families, and children who have been bereaved by suicide. Staff are fully qualified and provide a professional one-to-one therapeutic service.
HOW TO CONTACT PIETA
To avail of Pieta's services, which are free of charge, please visit www.pieta.ie for all Centre contact details. Pieta provides 24/7 support – if you are suicidal, self-harming or bereaved you can contact Pieta 24/7 via the Freephone helpline on 1800 247 247. You can also text HELP to 51444 (standard message rates apply). For further information on Pieta and its services, visit www.pieta.ie.
About Nestlé Ireland:
Nestlé is the world's largest food and beverage company. With more than 2,000 brands ranging from global icons to local favourites, we are present in 191 countries around the world. Nestlé Ireland employs over 750 people in Ireland.
Last year, Nestlé Ireland announced a three-year partnership with Pieta, pledging over €100,000 to help Pieta continue to provide hope to those in need of its services.
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