Templebreedy Parish with their friends from Carrigaline Union slept out for Focus Ireland on Friday, 21st of October at Holy Trinity Church helping to build awareness, support and raise funds for Focus Ireland.
In May, homelessness figures surpassed 10,500, the highest figure recorded since before the pandemic due to a lack of affordable, secure housing in Ireland. Right now, there are 1,483 families, including 3,220 children without a home. These families can spend up to two years in a one-bedroom room in an emergency accommodation situation, which has a significant impact on mental health, self-esteem, and child development.
The Rev. Isobel Jackson, Rector of Templebreedy Group of Parishes, said:
Sleeping out, for one night to shine a light on homelessness in Ireland is a learning experience, it puts one out of their ‘cosy’ zone; and one experiences the vulnerability of sleeping out in the elements, but it is well worth it to raise vital funds for Focus Ireland.
We had a great night and would like to thank those who came along, and those who donated so generously, and to the kind family who had pizza’s delivered on the night!