HUNDREDS of people are expected to gather at the Phoenix Park for a day out in aid of suicide prevention charity Console next Sunday, September 9.
The Console Walk and Talk is a 5k family walk aimed at getting extended families together for a chat and a stroll – with half price admission to Dublin Zoo afterwards.
“We are asking people to get in touch with family members or friends that they may only see once in a while, and come together for a chat and a stroll in beautiful surroundings,” said Console’s founder and CEO Paul Kelly.
The walk coincides with World Suicide Prevention Day, and is aimed at supporting a charity that does so much to help reduce the high levels of suicide in Ireland.
“Two of Console’s central themes are community and communication, and the Walk and Talk is the perfect example of this,” said Paul.
“In keeping with the family day out theme, Dublin Zoo are offering half price admission on the day to anyone taking part in the Walk and Talk.
“There is no registration fee but we would appreciate it if people logged on to www.console.ie and registered to give us an idea of numbers.
“Sponsorship Cards are available from Console and donations will be gratefully accepted on the day.
The Walk and Talk takes place at 11am from the Papal Cross in the middle of the park and will be an easy amble taking in a pedestrianised Chesterfield Avenue, the Ordinance Survey Road and the Furze Road.
Registration is from 10.15am and T-shirts will be provided to the first 300 people attending.
Walkers will also receive vouchers for half-price access to Dublin Zoo on Sunday September 9 only.
Console is a nationwide professional suicide prevention and bereavement charity which offers counselling services and 24-hour helpline support to people in crisis and those bereaved by suicide.
Console also hosts its World Suicide Prevention Day Conference at Croke Park Convention Centre on Friday September 7.