Sunday 26 January 2020

Charity screenings of Good Will Hunting raise €23,000

Robin Williams and Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting
Robin Williams and Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Last night's charity screenings of Good Will Hunting, which took place over 26 screens across Ireland, have raised €23,000.

All funds raised from the screenings, organised by RTÉ 2fm and Omniplex Cinemas, are being donated to Pieta House in the Republic of Ireland and PIPS charities in Northern Ireland.

The screenings of the late Robin Williams' 1997 iconic, Oscar-winning film were organised after the star's untimely death by suicide earlier this month.

Dan Healy, Head of RTÉ 2fm, said they have been "overwhelmed" by the public's response.

"To raise such a huge amount of money for these charities is testament to how many people were touched by Robin Williams’ work, but it also reflects the number of people that have been affected by the issues that these charities deal with on a day-to-day basis," he said.

"It is great to see so much goodwill from people across the country.”

According to Joan Freeman, founder and CEO of Pieta House, funds will be used "to assist in the running of our centres across the country and support the incredible work undertaken by our community representatives working with people affected by suicide.”

All funds donated in the Republic of Ireland are going exclusively to Pieta House whilst all funds donated in Northern Ireland will go to the PIPS network of charities and the Zest charity in Derry.

The screenings prompted a rush of support on Twitter both prior to, and after, the events.

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Eoghan McDermott responds to charity screenings of Good Will Hunting

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