THREE brave, young women from the locality here have banded together in an effort to raise funds for an organisation which cares for the victims of a blight which Ireland is just now coming to terms with.
Close on 3,000 allegations of child sexual abuse are reported in Ireland each year and the organisation 'Children at Risk in Ireland' (CARI) provides services to those who are struggling to deal with the consequences of what they've been put through.
This is a cause close to the hearts of Hazel Bartlett, Vera Galvin and Mary Teresa Cronin and they have organised a coffee morning on Good Friday from 11am to help the organisation to go on helping Ireland's most vulnerable children.
CARI, established in 1989, is the only voluntary organisation in Ireland providing professional child-centred therapy, counselling and support services to children who have experienced child sexual abuse and their non-abusing family members or carers. The organisation also provides the only specialised helpline in Ireland for anyone with a concern or question about child sexual abuse. The organisation provides training, preventative education and consultancy services to individuals and groups. CARI also strives to raise awareness on the issue of child sexual abuse and child protection in Ireland.
"The Coffee Morning will be held on Good Friday morning in my house in An Caislean Mor in Castleisland. This is a cause which is very close to my heart and I have been given huge support from my parents and family and friends in hosting this event," said Hazel Bartlett.
"Our fundraising campaign got off to a great start this week when the pupils of Gaelscoil Aogain did a 'no uniform day' and brought €1 to school on Friday for us. That raised €190 and we're very thankful to muinteoir Tomas O Conchuir for allowing us to do this," said Ms. Bartlett.
"Everyone is welcome to the coffee morning and we would be delighted with any donations we receive in the course of the day. If anyone out there needs further information on the work CARI does or just about our Good Friday morning event they can ring me on: 087 1711146," Hazel concluded.
Anyone suffering from the consequences of child sexual abuse can ring the CARI helpline in confidence on: 1890 924 567.