Mid West Simon: Pictured are Liam Toland, Dan Goggin, and Will Ryan from the campaign consisting of three 60-second videos.
Famous Locals Give Mid West Simon “A Foot in the Door”
Dan Goggin, Liam Toland and Joy Neville are among many of the well known locals who have collaborated with Mid West Simon on their new online fundraising campaign #AFootInTheDoor.
The campaign consists of three 60-second videos following the locals inside their front doors during self-isolation and aims to raise awareness of those experiencing homelessness and poverty in Limerick, Clare, and North Tipperary during Covid-19.
The videos, which launch on Mid West Simon’s social media this week, ask viewers to please donate what they can to the organisation, which has been badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
Covid-19 has meant that every day, more and more families in Limerick, Clare & North Tipperary are turning to Mid West Simon for help.
— Mid West Simon (@midwestsimon) May 11, 2020
Due to restrictions, the charity’s usual calendar of fundraising activities have ground to a halt, while the demand for services has increased exponentially due to the economic fallout from Covid-19.
This has led to an unprecedented demand for Mid-West Simon’s services and we are trying as best we can to expand and adapt to meet the current level of need.
Munster Rugby Player and Mid West Simon Ambassador Dan Goggin said: “Having grown up and living in Limerick, I see the ongoing issue of homelessness every day. I’ve seen enough to really recognise the importance of the work that the Simon Community does to help this problem.
“I consider myself very fortunate to have my own home, but I also know that people can experience extremely difficult times, as many of us are during this pandemic.
“With this in mind I couldn’t help but get involved in supporting the magnificent work of the Mid West Simon Community.
“We decided to do this video in the first place because it’s a great idea and an easy way to get people thinking about what privileges some have and some don’t.
“Hopefully making people wonder ‘what if I didn’t have a nice home to go to at a time like this’ will help put things in perspective. Hoping with this, people will want to reach out a bit more and help those who have so little.” he added.