Cork businesses and communities are being urged to Shine a Light on homelessness with a new take on the annual Focus Ireland sleep-out.
This year’s sleep-out will be taking place virtually, as the campaign to raise awareness for homelessness adapts to the government restrictions surrounding Covid-19.
Instead of going to Spike Island, as they have done for the past two years, Cork people can get involved from their own homes or gardens.
Speaking on the virtual sleep-out, Fundraising Manager for Focus Ireland Cork, Dick White said that they have had to re-imagine the Shine a Light Campaign this year.
“We’ve switched it to a virtual event where people can participate from the safety and security of their own homes.
"They can couch surf, they can sleep on their deck, they can sleep out in the garden - wherever is secure – to build awareness on the issue of homelessness and also to do some fundraising for us,” he said.
Focus Ireland, who provides essential services to homeless people across Ireland, has seen an increase in demand for their services since the outbreak of Covid-19 and so, this year’s event is more important than ever.
“Its absolutely vital,” said Dick White.
“It’s the one night where we shine a light throughout Ireland on the issue of homelessness - from Cork to Dublin, from Wexford to Galway, from Donegal to Kerry- and well will be doing that again this year.”
Mr White said that they are hoping to meet their target of €1.3 million this year, with the help of the people of Cork.
“We are hoping that Cork can contribute to that, as they always have."
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