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Limerick Macra 24hr Sleep Out - Pictured at the Sleep Out is Deputy Willie O’Dea with Elaine Houlihan and Liz Mason, Stephen O’Keeffe, Jim Heffernan, Sarah Baker and Alec Morrissey, Limerick Post. Limerick Macra 24hr Sleep Out - Pictured at the Sleep Out is Deputy Willie O’Dea with Elaine Houlihan and Liz Mason, Stephen O’Keeffe, Jim Heffernan, Sarah Baker and Alec Morrissey, Limerick Post.

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Limerick Macra na Feirme 24hr Sleep Out in aid of Simon Mid West is huge success

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Limerick Macra 24hr Sleep Out – Pictured at the Sleep Out is Deputy Willie O’Dea with Elaine Houlihan and Liz Mason, Stephen O’Keeffe, Jim Heffernan, Sarah Baker and Alec Morrissey, Limerick Post.

Limerick Macra na Feirme 24hr Sleep Out in aid of Simon Mid West is huge success

By I Love Limerick Correspondent Ann Mc Donald

Limerick Macra 24hr Sleep Out Brian Linehan, Mid West Simon with Limerick Macra members Sarah Baker, Jim Heffernan, Stephen O’Keeffe and Mary Reynolds settling in for the night

Brian Linehan, Mid West Simon with Limerick Macra members Sarah Baker, Jim Heffernan, Stephen O’Keeffe and Mary Reynolds settling in for the night

On Saturday, December 11, members of Limerick Macra held a special fundraising event in aid of the Mid West Simon Community. 

The Limerick Macra 24hr Sleep Out is a yearly event, but unfortunately could not go ahead as usual last year, and hoped to make up for it this year. 

The Limerick Macra 24hr Sleep Out fundraising event took place from 9am Saturday, December 11 until 9am Sunday, December 12 outside AIB on O’Connell St, where an amazing €5,140 was raised for the Mid West Simon Community.

As well as this, a fundraiser organised on Facebook by Limerick Macra na Feirme raised over €600.  

The brave fundraisers were joined by members of the Rolling Tones Rock Choir and the Unity Gospel Choir Limerick, who entertained people on the street during the fundraiser. 

Bucket collections also took place in Shannon Town Centre where fundraisers were joined by the Shannon Gospel Choir. 

Macra na Feirme is a voluntary organistaion representing a thriving community of 10,000 young people from rural Ireland. They advocate for, nurture, and develop their members aged between 17 and 35 in a fun, inclusive, and supportive environment. 

Limerick Macra 24hr Sleep Out Jim Heffernan, Liz Mason, Louise Crowley, Sarah Baker and Sally the dog from Limerick Macra with the Rolling Tones Rock Choir in the background.

Jim Heffernan, Liz Mason, Louise Crowley, Sarah Baker and Sally the dog from Limerick Macra with the Rolling Tones Rock Choir in the background.

Their programmes and activities encourage young people to play an active role in their local community, making rural Ireland an attractive place to live and work. 

Limerick Macra na Feirme is comprised of 6 clubs: Ballylanders, CMC, Doon, Kilmallock, Limerick City, and Shannonside. 

The Mid West Simon Community provides essential services to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. They work with people in the spirit of cooperation and community to provide appropriate quality standards in their care and support and in housing provision. They campaign for legislative and policy changes in their vision to end homelessness. 

Mid West Simon needs our support more than ever at this time of year, and are currently running a Christmas Appeal for their vulnerable and elderly in Mid West Simon emergency accommodation. Donations of toys, sweets, toiletries as well as vouchers for supermarkets, pharmacies and butchers are greatly appreciated. For enquiries about the Christmas Appeal, contact [email protected] or call 061608980. 

Limerick Macra na Feirme’s wish to thanks the bravehearted who slept out with them on the cold damp night.

For more about Mid West Simon go HERE 

For more stories about Mid West Simon go HERE 

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