Do­mini­can to host sleep­out for home­less

Drogheda Independent - - NEWS - BY HUBERT MUR­PHY

THE Do­mini­can Church is to be­come a sleep­out cen­tre as part of the Fo­cus Ire­land ‘Shine a Light Night’ cam­paign next month.

Shine a Light Night is where com­mu­ni­ties, be they busi­ness or so­cial, sport­ing or schools, come to­gether for one night to raise vi­tal funds and to stand in sol­i­dar­ity with peo­ple ex­pe­ri­enc­ing home­less­ness in Ire­land today.

Events are tak­ing place at the Do­mini­can in Drogheda, Dublin’s Christ Church Cathe­dral and Mun­ster’s Cork City Gaol.

Drogheda’s event on the night of Fri­day Oc­to­ber 13th will see vol­un­teers take up res­i­dence in the grounds of the church and fundraise for the home­less char­ity.

For Fr Jim Don­leavy it’s the per­fect way to fol­low the words of Pope Fran­cis. ‘Reach out­side the Church,’ Fr Jim stated, ‘and that’s some­thing we hope to do with this.’

They are look­ing for vol­un­teers to sleep out and also those who would like to col­lect on their be­half.

‘Home­less­ness is such an is­sue in Ire­land at the mo­ment and we want to play our part in help­ing,’ Fr Jim stated.

Peo­ple in­ter­ested in tak­ing part on the night of Oc­to­ber 13 can make con­tact with the church shop.

They are hop­ing that a spon­sor will come on board with a mar­quee for cover on the night.

The Do­mini­can Church ball takes place in the West­court Ho­tel on Satur­day Septem­ber 30. There will be a raf­fle on the night with pro­ceeds shared between the re­pair fund and Fo­cus Ire­land.

Do­mini­can Church

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