Newstalk 106-108 fm has presented locally-based charity, The GRASPLife Foundation, with €3,000 as part of the station’s ‘KennyCauses Fund’ – which ran on The Pat Kenny Show, throughout October.
Mary McTernan, founder of the GRASP Life Foundation, tragically lost her son to suicide in 2004.
Since then, Mary has trained as a psychotherapist and is currently providing a counselling service to clients who are feeling suicidal.
Mary’s mission is to support those experiencing emotional distress through professional therapeutic counselling and support from psychotherapists trained in the area of suicide prevention.
The foundation covers Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal, and hopes to expand into Cavan and Longford.
Commenting on the fund, Mary McTernan said: “We are delighted to receive €3,000 and we would like to thank all involved in making this possible.
“Grasp Life Foundation will use this money to maintain the existing services, providing outreach counselling services in Counties Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal .
“This service is provided by fully accredited, Garda-vetted psychotherapists who have a variety of expertise and specialised training in suicide intervention, crisis counselling and bereavement support counselling.
“This money will provide a life line support system for those in crisis or bereaved by suicide.”
Newstalk and The Pat Kenny Show introduced the KennyCauses Fund to raise awareness and money for charities across the country.
The campaign, which ran via Twitter using #KennyCauses, saw the station donate €1 to the fund for every tweet received, using the hashtag
Speaking about the KennyCauses Fund, Newstalk’s Pat Kenny said: “The KennyCauses Fund was designed to generate exposure for fundraising activities and charities across the country.
“Twitter was abuzz with loads of very worthy causes. It’s amazing how much good is being done by so many people around the country.
“We are delighted to present this well-deserved funding to the GRASP Life Foundation.
“Mary McTernan and her team are working incredibly hard to address something that has become far too prevalent in today’s society. I wish them every success.”