Novas will hold its annual sleepout this coming 20th December
Crescent College Comprehensive fundraises for Novas
By I Love Limerick Correspondent Roisin Smart
As the cold weather approaches and we think about all those in need of help, secondary school Crescent College Comprehensive is preparing for its annual charity sleepout. This year the school will be fundraising for Novas. The school hopes to not only raise funds but to also raise awareness about Ireland’s homeless crisis. The Crescent College Comprehensive charity sleepout takes place on Friday, December 13 and aims for many of Crescent College students to get involved. Crescent College Comprehensive fundraises for Novas Crescent College Comprehensive charity sleep-out fundraises for
Novas is the largest provider of homeless services in the Mid-West and provides a range of preventative, outreach and accommodation services in Limerick, Clare and North Tipperary. For the first time ever, there will be three sleep-outs running simultaneously on the night, in Ennis, Thurles and Limerick. The annual Christmas Sleepout is part of a long list of campaigns that Novas runs.
Crescent College Comprehensive is a Jesuit school located in Limerick since 1859. The school follows the Jesuit ethos of helping and giving. This is something that is taught through almost every class. The idea sleepout has been a part of this ethos in the school for many years already and looks to continue for years to come.
It’s wonderful to see young people in Limerick getting involved in causes like this at a young age. The participation from the Crescent College Comprehensive charity sleepout gives attention to charity while also creating memories for students to keep with them and look back on fondly. “I didn’t take part in the sleepout myself, but I will always remember helping raise money for my friends heading out into the cold,” says Ciara Nolan, a former student from Crescent College.
The objective is for groups to experience what it is like to sleep rough. Crescent College has many volunteers annually from its transition year students. The students then go and rally up support to sponsor them for when they spend the night outside in the school’s courtyard. The group wraps up warm with multiple layers and sleeping bags with each other to keep company through the hard night.
While it’s difficult to swap out the warm fire for the harsh winter outdoors, the students are happy to participate. “It was freezing the year I took part”, says Karen Murphy, former student, “but when you think of the cause you’re doing it for, it’s all worth it.”