Cork entrepreneur Dan Sweeney recently raised €20,000 to support people staying in Edel House, B&Bs and other emergency accommodation.
The monies raised have been donated to Good Shepherd Cork to support the services they provide to individuals and families in crisis.
Dan's 'Dawn at the Lawn' fundraising initiative involved him running around his back garden continuously for a 14 hour period to raise funds for Good Shepherd Cork.
Thanks to the incredible support of the Cork public, Dan’s initial target of €5,000 has been surpassed four times over.
Commenting on the success of his 'Dawn at the Lawn' initiative, Dan said:
"I am always only delighted to help in any way I can for Edel House. The times we are in prove that we all need to come together, support and be there for each other. I think we saw that in abundance in terms of how people supported the 'Dawn at the Lawn' initiative."
The funds raised by the 'Dawn at the Lawn' will be used to purchase food vouchers for vulnerable families during the Covid-19 crisis, in addition to providing arts and crafts packs, educational and play materials for children to occupy them during the crisis.
Speaking about the 'Dawn at the Lawn' initiative, Allison Aldred, CEO, Good Shepherd Cork, thanked the people of Cork for their generosity.
"We are delighted that Dan’s fundraising efforts have elicited such a fantastic response from the public.
"The money raised will allow us to support up to 80 families currently living in our emergency accommodation, B&Bs and self-catering accommodation here in the city.
"The Covid-19 outbreak has resulted in unique challenges to vulnerable families and we are incredibly grateful to Dan for all his efforts on our behalf," she said.