GROW fundraiser following fire at Cork office

An exciting line-up has been announced for a special concert in Cork City on Wednesday December 4th to raise funds for a local mental health charity whose premises were damaged by a fire.

Well-known local entertainer Máire Ní Chéileachair will be joined by many of her friends in the music industry to help raise money for mental health support charity, GROW, at the event which will take place in the Rochestown Park Hotel. The line-up is currently being finalised and will be confirmed in the coming days. The event will also involve a talk on GROW along with a raffle and spot prizes.

The offices based at Grand Parade were badly damaged in a fire on Tuesday November 12th and the organisation have had to move into temporary accommodation. As a result funds are urgently needed to repair the damage at the offices to allow GROW carry out the vital work in the area of mental health.

Local GROW Area Co-ordinator, Finola O’Callaghan called on people in the South to lend their support to the organisation on what promises to be a great event.

“The fire was a huge blow to us and a lot of work will be needed to repair the damage, so we are calling on people in the area to lend their support to allow us to continue offering this vital service. We have always been able to rely on the generosity of the people in GROW in the past and I am sure they will get behind us once again.

“We are hoping that people will come along on the night to enjoy the fun, while we are also appealing to individuals and businesses to make donations to help us with the costs”, added Finola.

“There are no tickets for this event so those who wish to attend can request to be put on a guest list by contacting Treasa Twomey on 0879051275 or the Cork office on 021 427 7520. Alternatively you can just turn up on the night. You can also contact these numbers if you wish to make a donation or sponsor the night,” she explained.

GROW in Ireland is a community-based organisation that provides support and education around emotional and mental well-being.

What is unique about GROW is that it is a community-based organisation that provides support and education around emotional and mental well-being through weekly free meetings.

These meetings provide mutual help, understanding and encouragement to those who are struggling with any aspect of mental health from depression to stress, anxiety, loneliness or isolation and to those experiencing financial and physical difficulties.

GROW, which is celebrating 50 years in Ireland, operates a programme of recovery which is designed for people to take back control of their lives, overcome obstacles and start living a life full of meaning, hope and optimism. Its principal strength is the support its members give to each other, drawing on their own successful experiences of recovery.

There are currently 130 groups across the country where members help each other on the road to recovery.

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