The MyMind team joined Irish professional golfer Shane Lowry yesterday (April 25th) to officially launch the One for Ireland Campaign taking place this May Bank Holiday weekend (Friday 28th April to Monday 1st May).
Customers across the country will be asked to add €1 to their bill at the till at retailers along with restaurants, cafés, hotels, pharmacies and hairdressers or donate online at www.oneforirleland.ie to raise money for youth mental health.
The campaign, run by young people for young people, is in its second year, with the initiative in 2016 raising over €172,000 for youth homelessness. Co-ordinated by the Irish Youth Foundation, this campaign is a unique initiative that brings together numerous charities for one cause.
This year, MyMind Cork, Jigsaw, Exchange House Ireland, ISPCC Childline, Aware, Youth Work Ireland and Samaritans have all joined together reflecting the seriousness of the problem in Ireland today. 100% of the proceeds will be granted to these key agencies. All donations will be processed electronically through retailers or individual donors on mobile or online and will be processed, free of charge, by PayPal.
Through One for Ireland, MyMind Cork will be able to remove the barrier of cost that can prevent many young people in Cork from accessing mental health support when they need it.
Krystian Fikert, MyMind founder and CEO says, “At MyMind, we believe everyone has the right to quick and easy access to affordable mental health support when they need them. We are dedicated to making this support available to whoever needs it early on before a problem gets worse, to help them resolve issues, develop coping skills and enjoy life to the fullest. One for Ireland’s support means we’ll be able to help more young people who need our support. We will empower young people to make their own choices about their mental health to give them the best possible chance for a positive future.”
The initial idea of the One for Ireland campaign was created by seven students and recent graduates from Trinity College Dublin and is brought to life with a countrywide volunteer team who have worked to sign up over 1,400 participating businesses this weekend. These include Applegreen, Starbucks, Mace, Fresh, Spar, Eurospar, Londis, XL, SparExpress, Flying Tiger Copenhagen, Aura Leisure, Cara Pharmacies and members of the Restaurant Association of Ireland. The Lions Clubs of Ireland will be out in force providing volunteer support over the weekend.
Speaking about the initiative, Director of the One for Ireland campaign, Conor Clancy (24) says, “This campaign demonstrates what young people can do and the important role they play in our society. With just €1 you can help us make a real difference to many young people across the country so if you’re out and about this weekend I would urge you to contribute if you can.”
In addition to donating in-store people can also donate €2 by texting “One” to 50300**. Visit www.oneforireland.ie to donate or for more information.
**Text costs €2. One for Ireland will receive a minimum of €1.63. Service Provider: LIKECHARITY. Helpline: 076 6805278.