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Sunday 15 December 2019

Hurlers to ‘Shine a Light’ on homelessness

Tom Dempsey, Michelle Monaghan of Focus Ireland, Eanna Martin and Michelle O’Flynn from Bord Gáis Energy.
Tom Dempsey, Michelle Monaghan of Focus Ireland, Eanna Martin and Michelle O’Flynn from Bord Gáis Energy.

Pádraig Byrne

Members of Wexford's senior hurling panel are to swap the rough and tumble of the hurling pitch for a night sleeping rough to raise awareness for homelessness as part of a major Focus Ireland campaign.

The 'Shine a Light Night' campaign is encouraging business leaders and the general public from across the county to join focus Ireland in sleeping out at Innovate Wexford Park on Friday, October 18.

An annual event, it will see similar sleep-outs take place in Dublin, Cork, Waterford and Limerick and employees at local businesses are being encouraged to get involved by signing up to support the initiative and raising funds.

Sponsored by Bord Gáis Energy, the event has the full support of Wexford GAA and on hand to lend their support were Eanna Martin and legend of '96 Tom Dempsey, who took part last year.

According to Focus Ireland, there are currently 66 people homeless in Wexford and they're hoping to provide much needed assistance to them.

'Focus Ireland works tirelessly with people experiencing homelessness to help them secure their home and to ensure they leave homelessness for good,' said Michelle Monaghan of Focus Ireland Wexford.

'We also work extensively across the area of prevention to make sure many other families and individuals never become homeless in the first place. We rely on the support of organisations like Bord Gáis Energy to make a success of fundraising events like Shine A Light Night and we'd like to take this opportunity to thank them for their generous support.'

To date, Shine A Light Night has raised over €4 million to help homeless people across the country.

To get involved, contact Cathryn O'Leary on 086 6042854 or cathryn.oleary@focusireland.ie. Or to register for the event, visit www.focusireland.ie/shinealight.

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