42 Reasons – Thomond Park Sleep Out

//42 Reasons – Thomond Park Sleep Out
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Mid West Simon Community would like to invite you to take part in our annual Corporate Sleep Out in Thomond Park October 2018 (Date TBC). 

We are asking participants to raise €1000 and to join us in a night of solidarity with those who are most vulnerable in the Mid West region. We know it’s a lot, but we will offer support to raise the money in your registration pack.

How the money will be spent

This year our goal is to raise €42,000 with 42 participant places available. This is the shortfall we face in operating our Family Hub and our Housing First Initiative. The core principle behind these two services is to offer a long term and  very real solution to homelessness.

The Family Hub is a 10 unit accommodation in Limerick that provides intensive supports to families who have been living in emergency accommodation, many of whom have been through very traumatic experiences. The goal of the hub is move the families into long term secure accommodation, where they will be offered tenancy sustainment support to enable them to remain in independent living. Since October last year, 13 families have been successfully supported into new secure homes.

Housing First is a relatively new approach to helping solve homelessness. Housing First places a home as the first requirement before addressing any underlying issues. With the help of local councils we support clients into independent living, they are then provided with tailored intensive support in the areas of substance misuse, mental health and physical health. Our Housing First initiative has so far had 100% tenancy sustainment for our clients. 

Last Year’s Event

Last year, participants were given an opportunity to test their kicking skills in Thomond Park, under the watchful eyes of Duncan Casey, JJ Hanrahan, Jack O’Donoghue and Ronan O’Mahony.

Participants also enjoyed a tour of the stadium from Duncan Casey and a thought provoking talk on food poverty from Dr. Amy Healy, aswel as refreshments and a chance to network. 

Past Participants

“I was delighted to be part of this project, raising awareness of the plight facing homeless people locally and to highlight the great work that the Mid West Simon Community undertakes”

– Stephen Keogh – Keating Connolly Sellors Solicitors

“It truly was a moving experience for both of us and certainly gave us the perspective to fully understand the issue. Thanks to you and your staff for looking after us on the night in question which as I say was a very memorable experience for all of us” 

– Donal Creaton – Holmes O’Malley Sexton Solicitors 

“It was an experience sleeping out in the tunnel that night. It was fun being with everyone of course but it was a real eye opener. The cold was harsh and I couldn’t help but think of anyone who has to face sleeping out night after night. It’s heart-breaking really to think of anyone having to sleep out – in the rain, in the cold – it must be so lonely!”

– Marie McSweeney – Northern Trust

“It was great to have this opportunity to be so close and personal with the grounds at Thomond Park but my lord was it freezing. You couldn’t help but think of the poor souls who sleep out in all weathers without the benefit of the thermal sleeping bags that we had! It is actually too scary to think about”

– Richard McGuire – Mazars

If you only take part in one charity event this year please let it be with us – your support will help us provide essential services for those in our community who need it most.

If you would like to book you place or have any other queries, you can contact our fundraising co-ordinator directly on 0858878130 or jade@mwsimon.ie