FAMILY FUN DAY: Fiona O’Sullivan is helping to organise a Summer BBQ and family fun day, taking place tomorrow (Sunday) in St Brendan’s College football field, for Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland. Photo Michelle Crean


By Michelle Crean

One local woman is planning a big family fun day in Killarney this Sunday to help raise vital funds for a suicide prevention charity.

Fiona O’Sullivan is hoping to have good support on the day, which takes place in St Brendan’s College football field, from 1.30pm, in aid of Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland (YSPI).

The day will include a BBQ, drinks, live music, kids bouncy castle, free make-up applications, gent’s cuts, raffles, guest speakers and more.

Fiona, who wanted to help the charity who have an office in Killarney, fundraise towards a goal of €150,000, says she has received great support from the community.

“The plan is to give every red cent to the charity as they receive no Government funding,” Fiona told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Their big project for 2019 is to raise €150,000 to fund and set up Ireland’s first mobile crisis counselling unit. They want a rapid response mobile vehicle for teens in Ireland at immediate risk of self-harm and suicide.”

So far, she added, all local musicians taking part on Sunday have donated their time for free, as has Kevin O’Regan from Boru Barbers, Tim Jones will donate burgers and Peter and Denise McSweeney from Dinis Cottage will take care of the BBQ on the day. Mike O’Donoghue from Lissivigeen Bouncing Castles will provide activities such as an obstacle course and bouncy castle. Lir Café, Aunty Nellies, The Porter House, Killeen House and Salon B have donated prizes.

There will also be a marquee on the day in case the weather is bad, she added.

Tickets are €20 for adults and kids are free. They are available from Fiona in Zaremba, Boru Barbers and the Killarney Parish Office.

However, she added that if people don’t have a ticket, they’ll except donations on the day.