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Sarah Jane Branagan.

Sarah Jane Branagan.

Sarah Jane Branagan.

One Million Steps Challenge is being undertaken by 15 friends of a Skerries woman who sadly lost her life to suicide - in a bid to raise funds for Pieta House in her memory.

In May 2017, Sarah Jane Branagan died suddenly and tragically. Her friends have described her as 'one in a million.' In an update on the 'One in a Million for Sarah' JustGiving fundraising page, Sarah Jane's friends have said their lives changed forever with the loss of Sarah Jane.

'Sadly, our story is not unique. Suicide has become one of the leading killers of young people in Ireland today,' the post on the fundraising page stated.

The 15 friends - who have named themselves Team SJB - live all over the world - from Dublin to Vancouver, Toronto, San Diego, Sydney and Beijing.

On Saturday, May 23, they will walk one million steps - or approximately 80km within 24 hours for Sarah Jane in a bid to raise vital funds for Pieta House.

'Team SJB has only 24 hours to complete this challenge,' Team SJB said on its fundraising page.

'To ensure we reach our goal, five members have committed to walking 100,000 steps in a day - approximately 80km - to help carry Team SJB to the finish line.'

Team SJB are now encouraging people to get out and walk on the day for their 'one in a million.'

'For those of us living in the same area, we will all be following social distancing rules while walking,' Team SJB said.

'On that day, we are inviting you all to get out and walk with or for your one in a million and tag yourself using the hashtag #oneinamillion on Instagram.

'If you knew Sarah or even if you didn't and would like you to have your steps included in the final count, you can dm a picture of your steps to @onemillionstepsforsarah on Instagram or email your steps to onemillionstepsforsarah@gmail.com.'

Team SJB is encouraging people to donate whatever they can to the fundraising efforts for Pieta House.

Pieta House provides free therapy to those engaging in self-harm, those struggling with sucidal ideation or bereaved by suicide.

Pieta House relies on the generosity of the public whose donations and fundraising makeup over 80% of their income.

And with the charity's major worldwide annual fundraising event - Darkness Into Light postponed, and without the funds raised by this event, all of Pieta House's services are now facing an immediate and devastating financial crisis.

All the donations raised from the One Million Steps for Sarah will go directly to Pieta to enable them to continue carrying out the superb service they provide to every community around the country.

To donate to One Million Steps For Sarah go to Justgiving.com One Million Steps For Sarah

All fundraising income is used to directly support people with therapy who may be engaging in self-harm, struggling with suicidal ideation, or bereaved by suicide.

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