'It's a humbling experience to help the homeless' say volunteers at Cork Penny Dinners

'It's a humbling experience to help the homeless' say volunteers at Cork Penny Dinners
The 'Knight Riders Team' outside Cork Penny Dinners. Credit: Don O’Sullivan.

A new video posted by Knocknaheeny-based community group 'Impact Our Community Matters' gives a glimpse into the phenomenal work volunteers at Cork Penny Dinners are doing.

Created by Don O'Sullivan, the video centres on the so-called 'Knight Riders Team' who go out seven nights a week providing a hot nutritious four-course meal to those in need.

The volunteers, many of whom have struggled with addiction in the past, say it's nice to give back to a charity which provided help when they themselves were vulnerable.

Soup prep at Penny Dinners. Credit: Don O’Sullivan.
Soup prep at Penny Dinners. Credit: Don O’Sullivan.

"It's a tough time with what's going on and there's not many helping them so we dedicate our time to help them through Cork Penny Dinners," says volunteer Tommy Long.

"It's sad to see. I could be where they are in the morning if I go back taking drugs".

Fellow Knight Rider Patrick lauded the Penny Dinners Recovery Group and said it is a "humbling experience to help the homeless."
This sentiment was echoed by volunteer Conor who said it is a "great opportunity to give back".

"I've been there and I know what it's like to be out there in the thick of it," he said. "But have a bit of hope. Make the call. Penny Dinners will help as best they can." 

The 'Knight Riders' of Cork Penny Dinners. Credit: Don O’Sullivan.
The 'Knight Riders' of Cork Penny Dinners. Credit: Don O’Sullivan.

Lauding the Knight Riders, head of Cork Penny Dinners Caitriona Twomey, said she is immensely proud of the team.

"The lads are doing trojan work and are both a leading and guiding light in our city. 

"Serious ground is covered every night followed by the big white van and it’s very touching to see and hear the lads encouraging others they meet along the way, being open and honest about their addictions and showing others that hope is there for them too," she said. 

You can watch the full video by visiting the Impact Our Community Matters Facebook Page: 

https://www.facebook.com/109800677148030/videos/251346532605964/

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