Covid-19 has had a huge impact on everyone’s lives. For me it meant returning home from Paris before I finished even half of my Erasmus. For my brother Adam, it meant abandoning the road-trip of a lifetime driving from Canada to Mexico (and back again!). But for lots more people it has had a much more serious impact.
Mental health charities have had an surge in those seeking their help. A report on domestic violence during Covid-19 in Ireland found that Gardaí have dealt with 25% more domestic violence cases compared to the same period in the previous year.
When for some people quarantine has meant Tiger King, Zoom calls and boredom, it has forced others into potentially physically and mentally harmful situations full time.
Adam King (my brother!) and Gearoid Shannon are undertaking the challenge of kayaking the Shannon river. The Shannon is 360km long- making it not only the longest river in Ireland but longer than any river in the UK. And he is doing it all in aid of Pieta House.
Due to Covid-19 many charities have lost their main sources of income and receiving support from the public. It is important that we support these charities when they are needed more than ever.
Pieta House provides free therapy to those engaging in self-harm, with suicidal ideation, or bereaved by suicide. They receive 80% of their funds from public donations and fundraising. The generosity of people is essential to their services.
If you would like to support Adam and Gearoid and donate to Pieta House you can do so by clicking here.
Thank you so much for your support!
Update Wednesday 15th July:
Adam and Gearoid arrive in Rooskey! They have been amazed by the outstanding support their receiving in their fundraising for Pieta House already! In one day they have kayaked over 40 kilometres! Keep tuned for updates.
Until next time,
-The Student Explorer