Auc­tion and raf­fle raises funds for home­less project

Bray People - - PICTURES - By MARY FOGARTY

A fundrais­ing event for Mer­chants Quay Ire­land took place last week at the Royal Ho­tel, or­gan­ised by lo­cal cou­ple Geral­dine and Arthur Fitzhar­ris.

The event was held to raise money to sup­port Mer­chants Quay in their work with home­less peo­ple in Dublin. Chief ex­ec­u­tive and founder Tony Geoghe­gan at­tended what was a won­der­ful evening in Bray.

Guests en­joyed a glass of wine and a hot buf­fet, as well as the chance to sup­port a wor­thy or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Sandy­cove auc­tion­eer Sean Buck­ley was there to raise the gavel for an auc­tion, which in­cluded a James Bro­han paint­ing. Un­like auc­tions else­where, this art­work didn’t self-de­struct on sale. There was also a raf­fle which in­cluded a 50” Nord­mende TV and many other prizes.

Af­ter the for­mal­i­ties, there was a band and danc­ing.

Mer­chants Quay sup­ports suf­fer­ers of home­less­ness and ad­dic­tion, and aims to achieve an in­clu­sive so­ci­ety where ev­ery­one is treated with dig­nity and re­spect.

In re­sponse to the wors­en­ing home­less cri­sis, the River­bank build­ing lo­cated on Dublin’s Mer­chant’s Quay wel­comed 6,539 peo­ple in 2016 alone. The ma­jor­ity of men and women who come through their doors are among Ire­land’s most iso­lated – strug­gling with home­less­ness, men­tal ill­ness and ad­dic­tion.

The cen­tre pro­vides a tremen­dous range of ser­vices to help some Ire­land’s most vul- ner­a­ble find path­ways to re­cov­ery. Here, MQI’s ded­i­cated staff build trust­ing re­la­tion­ships with clients which of­ten starts with a cup of tea and a warm meal. The night café, day cen­tre and coun­selling are just some of their ser­vices.

Lucy Cor­co­ran, Rhona Lo­gan, Marie Lo­gan, Mar­garet Quinn, Glo­ria Marsh, Anne Cor­co­ran and Ann Carvill.

Or­gan­iser Geral­dine Fitzhar­ris, Tony Geoghe­gan and Emma Mur­phy from Mer­chant’s Quay.

Dorothy Clarke, El­iz­a­beth Brien and William Bol­ger.

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