On Friday 21st October I will be leaving the comfort of my own home for one night to sleep out in Christ Church Cathedral and "Shine a Light" on homelessness in Ireland. Whilst you are tucked up in bed I will be sleeping on cardboard battling Ireland’s bitter weather with just a sleeping bag and a cup of soup (Pics to prove will be posted to my Facebook / Linkedin J).
I was shocked to realise that today there are over 5,000 people homeless in Ireland and that 1 in 3 is a child! I’ve signed up for ‘Shine a Light Night’ so I can play my part in helping Focus Ireland provide vital prevention services which help change people’s lives.
Focus Ireland aim to break the cycle of homelessness by giving people access to information, housing, childcare and a range of education services throughout Dublin, Cork, Kilkenny, Limerick, Sligo, Waterford, Clare and Wexford.
I am now asking for your help. You can help prevent homelessness in Ireland today by sponsoring me to take part in the sleep-out. I have committed to raise a minimum of €1,500 by Friday night (Over 30% there already), please demonstrate your solidarity by sponsoring me today no matter how small it is.
To sponsor me, log onto https://www.justgiving.com/Alan-Bateson
Thank you for your support and getting behind this enormous issue in Ireland.