Have a natter with Samaritans on Annual Awareness Day

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Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013
Community, What's On
Samaritans’ Annual Awareness Day, Talk to Us, falls on Wednesday 24th July. To mark this, volunteers from the Newry/Dundalk branch of Samaritans will be in the Buttercrane Shopping Centre, Newry, from 2.00 to 4.00pm on Saturday 20th July to talk about their work and their 40 year presence in Newry/Dundalk. To add spectacle and excitement to the event the Newry Muai Thai Kickboxing Club will be putting on a display of their martial skills. This event is just one of over 40 events that are taking place across the UK and Ireland, as the charity attempts to hold its largest conversation. People up and down the country can also get involved in the campaign by simply texting ‘SUPPORT’ to 70123* and making a £3 donation to the charity. The Newry/Dundalk branch of Samaritans is raising awareness of the importance of talking about problems, and reminding people of its vital support for anyone struggling to cope. More than 100 volunteers at this branch, and thousands of Volunteers throughout Ireland, answer over half a million calls for help every year. Aidan Noone, Branch director said, “People can contact us at any time of day or night, they don’t have to be suicidal to get in touch. There are many ways to contact us including email and text, as well as by phone and visiting the branch to speak to a volunteer face to face. He added, “Come along to our talk to us event and find out how Samaritans is supporting your local community.” This is a poignant year for Samaritans as the charity celebrates its 60th anniversary of founder, Prebendary Dr Chad Varah CH CBE, taking the first call to the service on 2nd November 1953. It is also the 40th anniversary of Samaritans starting to offer its services in the Newry/Dundalk area. Visit Samaritans’ interactive map to find out about the different ‘Talk to Us’ events happening across the UK and Ireland: http://www.samaritans.org/talk-to-us-events
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