We are requesting your support for our annual Corporate Sleep Out in Thomond Park to raise much needed funds to cover the cost of operating our Foodbanks throughout the region. When families, students, the unemployed, people on low incomes are struggling, food is the flexible item. They can’t cut-back on rent/mortgage/utility payments. Food is where they cut. During 2016 we distributed 56 Tonnes of food, which equals to 126,944 meals for 5,804 people, 3050 were children.
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ABOUT THE EVENT
We need your help to continue providing this service and ask you to raise €2,500 and join us in Thomond Park on the 18th of November. We know it’s a lot, we will offer support to raise the money. We will set you up on our sponsorship page on idonate.ie which you can share among friends and family. We will also send you a donation card in your registration pack. Participants from last year also raised funds through the Corporate Social Responsibility function in their companies or by hosting coffee mornings, bake sales etc. in their workplaces and at home.
ON THE NIGHT
The event is hosted by Munster Rugby Hooker, Duncan Casey, with special guests. Once participants have been welcomed, we are delighted to offer them a once in a life time opportunity! A chance to put one between the posts in a fun place kick shootout with the winner taking home a prize sponsored by the Clayton Hotel!
Participants will then join us in the Press Room. There will be a presentation from Dr. Amy Erbe Healy – Dr. Healy received her MA and PhD from the University of Limerick for sociological research analysing food expenditure and socio-economic status. She has published articles on food expenditure patterns in Ireland and other European countries and on food-related practices and their implications for health and exclusion for the elderly. Currently, she is employed as the Postdoctoral Research Fellow for the Irish European Social Survey, Round 8 at Mary Immaculate College. Her book, co-authored with Professor Michael J. Breen, is called Changing Values, Attitudes and Behaviours in Ireland: An Analysis of European Social Survey Data in Ireland, 2002 – 2012.
Duncan will then take participants on a tour of the venue, with a few locker room stories thrown in.
Of course there will be time for refreshments and networking too. With all the social aspects taken care of we settle in for the night in the Tunnel — sleeping bags, pillows, thermos flasks etc. on hand. After a warming cuppa the following morning you’ll be ready for home by 8.00am—feeling happy after having done something so good for a truly worthy cause.
All Funds raised stay in the Mid West Region and go directly to the Foodbank service.
There is very limited availability for this event.
THIS YEARS PARTICIPANTS & SUPPORTERS
Pat Brown – Managing Director at Aire Safety Training & Consultancy ltd
“We feel it is so important to support Mid Wet Simon in their fundraising endeavours. The work they do supports the most vulnerable people in our locality.”
Raymond O’Halloran – Owner at Speedline Engineering
“Mid West Simon’s work is integral to the regeneration of Limerick City. Please support their sleep out event!”
J.P. McManus – Businessman and Racehorse Owner
Limerick native J.P. McManus has made a charitable donation to Mid West Simon in support of the Rise together event and Mid West Simon’s food bank
Fr. Ger Fitzgerald
All donations welcomed for a very worthy cause.
Donal Creaton – Partner at Holmes O’Malley Sexton Solicitors
Niamh Gleeson – Secretary at Holmes O’Malley Sexton Solicitors
“They were looking for people to volunteer to take part and I knew this would be something both myself and my husband Mark would love to take part in. Hopefully this one small step can make a difference to someone’s life.”
Stephen Keogh – Managing Partner at Keating Connolly Sellors Solicitors
“I am delighted to be part of this project which will assist to raise awareness of the plight facing homeless people locally and to highlight the great work that the Mid West Simon Community undertakes”
Rory Moylin – Bus Éireann
Ambrose McNamara – Bus Éireann
Tommy O’Donoghue – Bus Éireann
Joe O’Sullivan – Bus Éireann
Dan Murphy – Hermitage Green
Kevin Fitzgerald – Kevin Fitzgerald Building
“I am delighted to be apart of this event to support Mid West Simon in any way I can.”
Bryan Edwards – All Trades Limerick
“Having worked and volunteered with Mid West Simon, I have seen first hand the work they do, a really important service for the people of the Mid West.”
Adrian Moloney – All Trades Limerick
“Mid West Simon’s Food Bank offers support to people who really need it and I am glad to help rise money towards this service.”
Duncan Casey – Munster Rugby Hooker
“I am glad to be able to do something like this to highlight the plight of so many in our society”
Michael Bonfield – Finance and Economics Student
“Looking forward to a night in the home of Munster Rugby for a great cause”
“What promises to be a great night with all funds staying in the Mid West region and going towards the operation of Mid West Simon’s food bank”
“The money raised will support so many vulnerable people, a really worthy cause”
PARTICIPANTS FROM 2016 THOMOND PARK EVENT
Some of 2016’s participants included, Timmy Dooley, Pat Breen, Maurice Quinlivan, Jan O’Sullivan, Kieran O’Donnell, Carmel Kirby, Will Ryan, Mark O’Donoghue with guest speaker, David Hall
Richard Maguire of Mazars said:
‘It was great to have this opportunity to be up so close and personal with the grounds at Thomond Park but my lord was is FREEZING. You couldn’t help but think of those poor souls who sleep out in all weathers without the benefit of the thermal sleeping bags that we all had! It is actually too scary to think about.’
Marie McSweeney from Northern Trust said:
”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 coldwas 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!’
Click on the images below to read more about the experiences of last year’s participants
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 061 599478 to register today.
Lets rise together and tackle the homelessness crisis!