Auction and raffle raises funds for homeless project
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.