Killarden Angling Initiative’s charity competition Fishing for Pieta is once again heading for Oakland’s Fishery in New Ross
KILLARDEN Angling Initiative (KAI) is delighted to announce a charity competition entitled Fishing for Pieta on Saturday, May 26th, 2018. Now in its third year, the venue is again Oakland’s Fishery, New Ross, Co Wexford, one of Ireland’s premier coarse and carp fisheries.
KAI founders Patrick Ryan and Stephen O’Flanagan aim to raise much needed funds for Pieta House, a non-profit organisation providing a specialised treatment programme for people with suicidal ideation or who participate in self-harming behaviours.
The event also aims to support the HOPE charity, based in Tallaght, Dublin which provides a free, walk-in suicide prevention service.
Not only has the past two events raised more than €4,000 each for these two charities but also succeeded in raising awareness of mental-health issues among the angling community. Another important aspect is the invaluable role recreational angling can play in dealing with such problems.
Fishing for Pieta will be fished in a standard five-hour competition format in team, individual and under-18s sections from 8am to 4pm. More than 50 anglers have agreed to participate this year, and each will raise funds through sponsorship cards.
Although most places have now been filled, some are still available and unforeseen withdrawals and cancellations are always possible. So please contact KAI for further details. All help and support is very welcome in the form of spot prizes, sponsorship or donations. “Remember, your support could literally help save someone’s life.”
The initiative is an award-winning angling-based charity based in disadvantaged areas of south Dublin. Set up in 2014, its primary aim is to help with youth development, social inclusion and foster cross-community relationships and provide a fully-inclusive passive sport for the area.
Weekly community workshops have facilitated this, as have the monthly angling trips which not only allow some much-needed escape from daily city life but also allow a greater immersion in the natural world, as well as team building.