Momentum Support has been incredibly proud to support our charity partner, Suicide Or Survive, over the past two years.
We have worked with Suicide or Survive on a number of fundraising initiatives, most noteworthy of all being the annual SOS abseiling fundraiser at Croke Park, which I personally had the pleasure of experiencing first-hand this year! We have also had the pleasure to be involved in the Suicide or Survive Soccer Palooza and Christmas Jumper Day.
In 2019, as part of Momentum Support’s ‘Mission Right: Let’s Make the Right Choice’ CSR strategy, we selected Suicide or Survive as an organisation that we wanted to support and work with on a consistent basis, due to a number of factors. Firstly, we felt the mission of SOS was incredibly important.
Mental health is an issue which touches everyone in society, and affects every family and community across Ireland in one form or another. Unfortunately there is still a certain reluctance to discuss mental health issues and suicide, which is profoundly tragic given its prevalence.
The SOS mission – to educate, inform and inspire people to cultivate good mental health and to reduce stigma, leading to less death by suicide – is both incredibly admirable and important.
We were also really impressed by the staff at Suicide Or Suicide. I can truly say that the people who work there believe in the organisation’s mission, and work incredibly hard for their service users.
This positive impression has only been compounded over the past two years as we have seen the team at SOS roll out a number of truly terrific initiatives.
I would particularly like to recognise and thank Paula Lawlor, CEO of SOS, Catherine Redmond, National Program Coordinator, Alice Hartigan, Administrator and Finance Coordinator, and Anthony Doran, Fundraising & Events Coordinator, on behalf of Momentum Support. They have been fantastic to work with, and their enthusiasm, passion and the spirit of collaboration in which they operate is truly a pleasure to experience.
We have also been very impressed by the ambition and drive of the staff at Suicide Or Survive. They have managed to consistently plan and execute a pipeline of fantastic charity initiatives, and have managed to carve out a share of voice for the organisation in a very competitive charity sector.
It is difficult to operate an organisation in the non-profit sector, and it is harder still to continually grow that organisation and innovate new and dynamic solutions, but this is what SOS continues to do through its programmes, workshops and online resources, and I believe that is really admirable.
I am really looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish together as we continue to collaborate in the years to come.