A Naas coffee shop proprietor is to undertake a parachute jumpfor charity and is seeking the help of the public.
A native of Budapast, Hungary, Erika Lukacs has been in Ireland for five years. She runs the well-known local cafe, Erica’s Coffee Corner, on South Main Street.
Erika will be taking part in the Skydive for Youthlife, an organisation with strong local connections (it runs residential weekends at Kerdiffstown House).
“So far I’ve collected €200 and I need to raise €500. Youthlife does a lot of good work to help young people in difficulty,” said Erika
Youthlife is a not for profit organisation of caring and understanding adults and young people who volunteer their time and experience to help others.
It is the only youth led residential support programme for young people who have experienced bereavement and loss.
Research suggests that experiencing bereavement at a young age, becoming part of a different family unit and adjusting to social and economic changes cause children and young people pain and anxiety and can often impact negatively on their education and self esteem. The trauma is difficult for young people to deal with because their limited experience does not yet contain the tools to cope with such a situation.
Research also shows that peer support is an effective tool in dealing with teenage difficulties.
Youthlife’s youth led bereavement programmes provide a friendly, non-judgmental and confidential space for young people to talk about the things that are worrying them.
You can sponsor Erica at her South Main Street premises or at skydiveforcharity.ie quoting no. 2679.
- Paul O’Meara