Main Street sleep out for homelessness
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.