Laois Author Presents Over €18,000 to GROW Following Sell-Out Book

Mental health supports in Laois received a substantial boost when author Darren Conroy presented over €18,000 to GROW.

Darren presented the proceeds from his inspirational and sell-out book, ‘Let Your Life Speak’, to GROW during a special ceremony in Mountmellick Arts Centre on Tuesday, February 6th.

Those in attendance included Darren’s family, members of his committee, as well as GROW’s Chief Executive, Michele Kerrigan, Regional Manager Ruairi Powell, Local Area Coordinator Michelle McCormick, Communications Officer Aisling Donnelly and other GROW representatives.

“In Let Your Life Speak people shared their stories and thus helped to remind us of the tremendous talent we have here in Laois, of which I am hugely proud. Their stories inspired people to educate us, entertain us and contribute to our society by expressing their talents,” emphasised Darren.

“There is also the message of renewed hope for any person who suffers with issues of mental health – you are not alone and there are many people around you, in every walk of life, functioning as best they can and feel the same way.

“It is important to remember that there is support out there, in our community, through organisations such as GROW,” added Darren.

Michele Kerrigan, CEO of GROW, described the fundraiser as one of the largest in GROW’s history.

“Darren and his team have done tremendous work in promoting GROW and in emphasising the important, ongoing supports which we offer to people each week in Co. Laois and in over 120 locations across Ireland,” she said.

GROW Regional Manager, Ruairi Powell, emphasised how the support received from the publication of ‘Let your Life Speak’ will enable GROW to develop new projects and ensure the continuation of GROW’s existing services in the Mountmellick area.

“In this regard, GROW have set up a new self-help support group that will run in Mountmellick, starting on March 8th in Mountmellick Development Association.  We are also currently running a free Community Education Programme which is being carried out on Thursday evenings at 7.30pm at Wolfe Tone Court in Townparks, Mountmellick.

“GROW have a long standing history of successful group work in Mountmellick and across Co Laois and we would like to thank everyone who has helped us along the way over the years,” Ruairi added.

The new GROW Group will get underway at 7.30p.m. on Thursday, March 8th in Mountmellick Development Association’s premises. The group is open to all and free to attend.

For more details on the group and the ongoing community education programme in Mountmellick, contact Michelle McCormick on 086-4183805 or email midlandregion@grow.ie

[See also the GROW Facebook page and coverage in the Leinster Express