McGuinness and Mansfield to lose beards for Pieta House

Untitled 2Sinn Féin Councillor Conor McGuinness and former Councillor Brendan Mansfield are set to lose their beards in aid of Pieta House. The pair will shave their beards at 8:30pm on Friday 8th May, the eve of the annual Darkness Into Light event, which has been cancelled as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

McGuinness said:

“Pieta House provides free therapy to those engaging in self-harm, with suicidal ideation, or bereaved by suicide. 80% of its income comes from community fundraising.

“Unfortunately Covid-19 means that this year’s Darkness into Light fundraiser for Pieta House has been cancelled.

“My fellow SF activist (and campaign manager in last year’s election) Brendan Mansfield and I will do our bit to fill the gap! If we can raise €500 between now and 8:30pm on Friday 8th May we will do the unthinkable and shave off our beards!”

“Our plan is to do a special broadcast this Friday on Facebook Live so you can tune in and watch the destruction. We have set up a Facebook fundraising appeal for Pieta House so all donations go directly to the organisation. All donations are gratefully received, and you can find full details by searching ‘McGuinness & Mansfield Charity Beard shave’ on Facebook.

“Remember, Pieta House is asking everyone to show solidarity with all those affected by suicide by withing the sunrise from your home at 5:30am on Saturday 9th. Wear something yellow, light a candle and share your photos.

“If you’re affected by suicide or suicidal ideation you can call Pieta House on 1800 247 247”