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Friday 20 September 2019

Catherine steps it out for fundraiser

WEXFORD Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre received a cheque to the value of €475 from Catherine Murphy.

Catherine, who is a counsellor at the centre, raised the money from a 10km walk which she completed in April.

She was greatly assisted by her brother-in-law, Willie Fitzpatrick from Bunclody.

Due to the reduction in the funding which the centre receives from the HSE, the centre has come to rely even more on voluntary donations such as this in order to maintain the provision of its vital services.

The Wexford Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre provides counselling and support for survivors of sexual abuse or violence.

According to Catherine many of the people with whom they assist have experienced childhood sexual abuse and require support in later years.

Similarly, the centre also works to assist survivors of rape both by a stranger and indeed by a family member.

Aside from the one-to-one support which the centre provides, it also delivers an educational outreach programme to local secondary schools.This programme is described as a ' learning for living' service which offers advice to young people on how to ensure they remain healthy and safe.

The team at the centre hope that over the Summer anyone undertaking fundraising walks or marathons might consider doing so in aid of the centre, just as Catherine did.

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