Dominican to host sleepout for homeless
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.