Tuesday, 19th September 2017
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Focus Ireland is calling on the people of Waterford to sign up for its annual “Shine A Light Night” to raise 500,000 euro in vital funds for its life-line services to tackle homelessness. This is the sixth year of the event that also sees the business community swap their boardrooms for a night sleeping out in Dublin or Cork on Friday, October 13. Each business leader must raise at least 3,000 euro to help the charity raise its target of 500,000 euro.

Meanwhile, the same night, Focus Ireland is also calling on staff across Waterford to play their part by holding sleep-ins to raise vital funds. These are the two ways for people to get involved in Shine a Light Night on Friday, October 13.

If you are a business leader, sign up for the ‘Business Leaders Sleep-Out’ at Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin or Cork’s historic City Gaol. If you are an employee in Waterford city or county, recruit your colleagues to host a workplace sleep-in at your office. 100 companies CEOs and Senior Executives have already ready signed up for Focus Ireland Shine A Light Night 2017. This includes Google, Facebook, and Bord Gáis Energy staff and CEOs who will be staging sleep-outs to raise funds.

Shine A Light Night is Focus Ireland’s flagship corporate fundraising initiative. Since 2012 over €2 million has been raised to fund services to prevent and combat family homelessness. Last year alone, over 500,000 euro was raised through our Shine a Light Night, with over 100 CEOs, 450 employees and 54 companies taking part.

The 2 million in funds raised to date have been vital to ensure Focus Ireland services are there to provide support in this crisis. In 2016 alone, Focus Ireland supported a record 13,500 people who were either homeless or at risk. The crisis has deepened throughout 2017 with an average of 80 families becoming homeless every month so far this year, compared with 60 a month last year.

Commenting on the initiative, David Niblock, Focus Ireland Waterford Manager, said “This appeal comes as the number of families becoming homeless is rocketing, we are in the middle of the worst homelessness crisis in living memory as a new record total of 8,160 people are homeless nationwide.

“Our staff in Waterford work to help keep people in their homes and prevent them from becoming homeless through our tenancy support and settlement service. There is a constant demand for Focus Ireland’s services in Waterford, there are more people seeking support than ever before.

“The money raised by Shine A Light Night this year will help our work to support more families & children to secure a home and to also help prevent others from becoming homeless in the first place.”

To learn more about Shine A Light Night and how to get involved locally in Waterford please contact Rebecca Reynolds on 0861719467 or visit focusirealnd.ie/shinealight.

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