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Macra na Feirme Sleep Out 2017 in aid of Mid  West Simon Community

Macra na Feirme Sleep Out 2017 in aid of Mid  West Simon Community

By ilovelimerick correspondent Frances Watkins

Macra na Feirme will host their annual 24 hours Macra na Feirme Sleep Out 2017 out on Saturday, December 16th on O’Connell Street, Limerick. The Macra na Feirme Sleep Out 2017 will kick off at 8 am outside AIB with all proceeds going to Mid West Simon Community. The generosity of the people of Limerick has been evident in past years, with people coming up to the sleepers, not only giving money but a word of encouragement and support to the group.

Last year, Mid West Simon ambassador and Munster hooker, Duncan Casey joined the sleepers. If you would like to get involved, Mid West Simon is looking for bucket collectors on Saturday 16th between 9 am & 1 pm on O’Connell Street, Patrick Street and the Milkmarket in Limerick. Even an hour of your time can make a huge difference.



Macra na Feirme is an organisation for young people between the ages of 17 and 35 who are interested in getting involved in sports, travel, drama, debating, or just want to meet new people and have some fun! To be a member of Macra, you must join a Macra club in your area. This will open the door to new friends and new activities. There are hundreds of clubs across Ireland bursting with activity who always welcome a new face.

Mid West Simon reaches out to people who are homeless, at risk of homelessness or experiencing housing difficulties. 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.

The services, which cover the Mid West counties of Clare, Limerick and North Tipperary, include Simon Housing- moving people out of homelessness and into independent living, Long term supported accommodation, Appropriate tailored support provided by qualified social care officers (Housing Support Officers), Back to work services, delivering supports to facilitate access to education, training and employment, Prevention and schools education, Medical school lectures, Student placements in conjunction with colleges, UL and LIT, work placements, Service user participation, Planned new services across the region, Part Time Volunteer programme, Campaigns and social policy work, Best practice, Fundraising, Regular newsletter and web updates.

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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.