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Williams screenings to help suicide charities

Nationwide screenings of the Robin Williams movie Good Will Hunting will take place in aid of two Irish charities that help save lives through suicide prevention work.

RTE 2fm, in conjunction with Omniplex cinemas, hope to raise funds for Pieta House and Pips.

The 63-year-old actor and comedian was found dead after taking his own life by his personal assistant nine days ago in California.

Radio presenter Paddy McKenna said: "Just one glance across social media will tell you how much Robin Williams meant to so many Irish people."

Pieta House founder and CEO Joan Freeman said: "Every suicide is a tragedy, and the sudden loss of Robin Williams has affected millions of people worldwide, reminding us that suicide doesn't discriminate.

"These screenings are an opportunity to celebrate the work of an exceptional performer in the knowledge that the cost of your ticket is helping somebody else in crisis."

Donation

The Oscar-winning film will be shown in 22 cinemas at 6.30pm next Tuesday.

People can reserve a seat by making a donation of €10 in the Republic or £7 in Northern Ireland through the Omniplex.ie website.

All funds donated in the Republic will go exclusively to Pieta House, while donations in the North will go to Pips' programmes.

Pieta House is a suicide and self-harm crisis centre.

Pips is a not-for-profit social enterprise that delivers suicide prevention training, resilience-building skills training and mental health training in Ireland and the UK.

fdillon@herald.ie


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