DIT Marketing Student Jessie Clohisey selected as Finalist in the Irish Red Cross Humanitarian Awards

14 November 2018

Pictured: Minister Richard Bruton and Jessie Clohisey at the Sail Against Suicide Event in August 2018.

Jessie Clohisey, a 2nd year Marketing student at DIT College of Business has been selected as a finalist in the “Student Initiative Award” category for  her “Sail Against Suicide” work in the Irish Red Cross Humanitarian Awards. Sail Against Suicide, is an independent and standalone initiative that would capture the hearts and minds of her entire community and beyond.

Clohisey’s journey into Sail Against Suicide began in August 2015 when she was selected to go on a retreat programme with Cycle Against Suicide, “Those two days provided me with a major dose of reality. This was a serious problem that needed to be addressed,” Clohisey said. 

From there, Clohisey set up the first Sail Against Suicide event in September 2015. “The main problem I found was that there’s nothing for young people, no events that young people could get involved in. That’s when I took it upon myself and said ‘Well I’m a sailor and I know there are so many young sailors in my club, why don’t we do this?’” Clohisey said.

Today, the Sail plays a key role in raising awareness of mental health and signposting those in need to relevant agencies that offer help. Organising the Sail Against Suicide is a mammoth task and to support her efforts Jessie has mobilised hundreds of local volunteers, sponsors, schools, supporters, caterers, musicians, photographers, face painters, entertainers, athletes, celebrities and sport stars.

Well done to Jessie from all at DIT College of Business and best of luck in the Final of the Irish Red Cross Humanitarian Awards, taking place on the 24th of November. 

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