Askamore Sleep Out raises €3,875 for home­less char­ity Fo­cus Ire­land

Gorey Guardian - - NEWS -

THE TEAM from Fo­cus Ire­land are over the moon to have re­ceived a cheque for €3,875 from the com­mu­nity of Askamore who took part in a Sleep Out event last month.

James Keogh or­gan­ised the sleep out at Askamore Hall af­ter read­ing sta­tis­tics in­di­cat­ing that one in four peo­ple who are home­less are chil­dren aged four and un­der. He has a four-year-old child him­self and the shock­ing rev­e­la­tion struck a chord with him.

A to­tal of 14 peo­ple took part in the sleep out in the hall. Mr Keogh was full of praise for his lo­cal com­mu­nity who ral­lied around him to help raise some needed funds.

The money was also raised through nu­mer­ous fundrais­ing events lead­ing up to the event. There is a raf­fle cur­rently on­go­ing and Bal­lyel­lis Na­tional School held a no-uni­form day to raise money for the cause. Bal­ly­roe­buck Na­tional School also held a no-uni­form day to sup­port Mr Keogh’s ini­tia­tive.

Cathryn O’Leary from Fo­cus Ire­land South East branch said they were de­lighted to have their first ever Shine a Light event in Askamore.

She said: ‘Shine a Light was part of the re­sponse to this un­prece­dented hous­ing and home­less­ness cri­sis and saw a Fo­cus Ire­land fundrais­ing drive in Wex­ford, Dublin, Cork and else­where as peo­ple slept out for a night to raise much needed funds.

‘Al­most a €1m was raised na­tion­wide to help fund the char­ity’s vi­tal ser­vices.’

Brid­get Keogh, Ja­son Keogh, Cathryn O’Leary of Fo­cus Ire­land and Stacy Gilbert at the pre­sen­ta­tion.

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