Main Street sleep out for home­less­ness

Bray People - - NEWS - By MARY FOG­A­RTY

A group of peo­ple will sleep out all night on Satur­day in Bray to raise aware­ness of home­less­ness.

A home­less shoe box ap­peal is also be­ing held and boxes can be dropped off on the night.

Cathaoir­leach of the Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­trict of Bray John Brady and a num­ber of vol­un­teers have or­gan­ised the sleep out.

It will take place out­side the Holy Redeemer Church at 5 p.m. and con­tinue un­til 12 mid­day on Sun­day.

‘A large num­ber of vol­un­teers have now com­mit­ted to sleep­ing out on the night to raise pub­lic aware­ness of the is­sue,’ said Cllr Brady.

Stu­dents from St Kil­ian’s Com­mu­nity School Tran­si­tion Year will also drop over to the event as they have been work­ing on a so­cial in­no­va­tion project on home­less­ness.

‘In tan­dem with the sleep out, there is a Home­less Shoe Box Ap­peal,’ he added.

‘We will be col­lect­ing shoe-boxes from the pub­lic filled with items such as hats, gloves, scarves, de­odor­ants, sham­poo, tooth­paste and other es­sen­tial items.’

The boxes can be marked for male or fe­males and they will be dis­trib­uted to the home­less.

The boxes can be dropped off on Satur­day or to the Lit­tle Bray Fam­ily Re­source Cen­tre, Mrs McGuire’s sweet shop or In the Groove on the Quins­boro Rd.

Cllr Brady said that while it has taken the tragic death of Jonathan Cor­rie in Dublin to shine the spot­light on the home­less sit­u­a­tion again, Wick­low has also ex­pe­ri­enced a num­ber of tragic deaths.

That in­cludes the pass­ing of Bray man Paul Doyle (33) on Quins­boro Road after he stayed out overnight in De­cem­ber 2012.

In 2014 over 427 peo­ple pre­sented home­less or at risk of be­com­ing home­less in Wick­low. In those fig­ures are 90 fam­i­lies in­clud­ing 172 chil­dren.

Cllr Brady said that the sleep out will bring aware­ness to some of the or­gan­i­sa­tions help­ing the home­less which need help and support in the work that they do.

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