Cork people urged to sleep out in aid of homelessness 

Cork people urged to sleep out in aid of homelessness 
Focus Ireland announce Spike Island as host of Shine a Light Night 2019. Pictured at the announcement in Spike Island, were: John Crotty, Spike Island Development Company; Fiona Corcoran, Radio Journalist, and Philip Gillivan, Cork Business Association. Picture: Michael O'Sullivan /OSM PHOTO

The people of Cork have been urged to support the annual Spike Island sleep-out in aid of homelessness.

The Shine a Light Night, now in its eight year, will see hundreds of people sleep-out at Cork’s historic Spike Island on Friday, October 18.

Bord Gáis Energy has been confirmed as a sponsor for the event which is organised by Focus Ireland in a bid to raise vital funds to help alleviate homelessness.

The rate of homelessness in Cork is increasing with 402 adults currently without a home.

Speaking at the launch of the event, Ger Spillane, head of Focus Ireland services for the Mid and South West region said:

“Focus Ireland works tirelessly with people experiencing homelessness to help them secure their home or to ensure they leave homelessness for good.

“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,” he added.

In Cork, Focus Ireland provides prevention and housing advice, support services for families, support services for young people, short and long-term housing, and research-based services.

“Shine A Light Night is an incredible initiative that has gathered more and more support year on year,” said Nico O’Rourke, Director of Assets & Trading at Bord Gáis Energy.

“However, with the alarming rise in homelessness, we need this year’s event to be bigger than ever in raising vital funds to support this devastating social issue.

To date, Shine A Light Night has raised over €4m for people experiencing homelessness in Ireland.

In 2018, this support enabled Focus Ireland to help over 15,500 people.

To register to participate in Shine A Light Night 2019 visit www.focusireland.ie/shinealight.

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