Lisas Light Splash Out a Great Success – Pictured: Catriona McMahon, Co-Founder of The Community Crisis Response Team, Katie Whelan, Founder of Lisa’s Light, Daniel Butler, limerick City and County Councillor. Picture: Holly Kenny / ilovelimerick
Lisas Light Splash Out For Mental Health was a huge success at People’s Park on Saturday, September 17. Many families came from all over Limerick from 1:30pm to join in the massive water fight to fundraise for The Community Crisis Response Team in West Limerick.
The water fight was fenced with tape in a large rectangular space in People’s Park. On each corner were play pools containing around 1000 water balloons. For those who didn’t want to participate or were too young, Mikey, Minnie and all their friends were there to entertain the children. A stall for face painting was also there.
Katie Whelan, Founder of Lisa’s Light was thrilled with the turnout of the event. “Well I suppose judging by the Facebook page event we were really looking at a good crowd and the weather was great. We saw people constantly coming in and having a look so it was a great turnout. The main focus is that everyone is having a laugh – that’s the main reason we had this event, it was to promote positive mental health.”
All the money raised by this event went straight to the Community Crisis Response Team. “Well for our team, we are a non-profit voluntary organisation, we don’t have any government funding. All our funds come from the public and from fundraisers like this. These help us afford first aid equipment, uniforms, floatation devices and all the different things we need. Without it, we couldn’t do what we do.” Said Kayla Cooney, Co-Founder of Community Crisis Response Team.
Lisas Light Splash Out For Mental Health was organised between Katie Whelan and Councillor of Limerick City and County, Daniel Butler. When asked about the importance of addressing mental health issues here in Limerick he said: “It’s very important to address positive mental health in any city or county. The issues we face is Limerick are the same issues any other city or county across the country face. It’s important we face these issues head on and we try and educate rather than just talk about it. So you hear a lot of conversation around mental health but what we’re trying to do now is to educate people of how to put in place protective factors so that we prevent mental health issues being left unattended.”
The event was a huge success bringing in lots of people from different walks of life and they had a lot of fun.
For information on the SPLASH OUT for Mental Health event click here.
For more coverage on Mental Health from I Love Limerick click here.
Pictures by Holly Kenny / ilovelimerick