Sixth Annual Skydive will Fundraise for Breaking the Silence and Kate Flynn

By Alan Sheehan

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The sixth annual skydive fundraiser for Breaking the Silence is set to commence this summer, with places still open for those wishing to volunteer.

The skydive is set to take place on Saturday, 12 August to raise money for Breaking the Silence and for Kate Flynn. The skydive is still accepting volunteers and is once again organised by Cobh’s Dave Campbell.

“It’s the sixth year of it,” said Dave Campbell, organiser of the annual skydive every year since its inception. “I skydive myself and saw it as a great way of fundraising and generating money. At moment we have about 15 skydivers confirmed. By the end of the week hoping to double that. We want about 30 on the day.”

Those interested in skydiving in August to raise money for both charities can contact Dave Campbell on Facebook or the Breaking the Silence or Baby Kate Flynn pages.

“The skydivers get sponsorship cards,” said Mr Campbell. “The first €260 raised covers the cost of the jump and the next €260 is split 50/50 between both causes. They can get it from a company, family, friends – it’s up to themselves.”

Breaking The Silence is a Cobh-based group with the aim to listen, inform, educate and support the community on suicide, and to connect persons at risk of suicide with life-preserving resources. The group offers free training programmes to the community, including Safe Talk, ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) and the Peer Support Education Programme.

Kate Flynn is a three-year-old from Cobh who was born with a chromosomal deletion syndrome and a central berthing issue, requiring the use of a ventilator an oxygen machine.  Currently Kate’s family are fundraising to make the family home meet Kate’s needs.

There are plans to have some linked-in fundraisers before the main skydive in August, which will be confirmed at a later date.

If you or someone you know needs someone to talk to, contact the Samaritans on 116 123, while Pieta House in Cork can be contacted at 021 434 1400. 1life, a 24 hour suicide prevention helpline and text message service, can be reached at 1-800-247-100. Also www.yourmentalhealth.ie offers a directory of mental health services.

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