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Focus Ireland Shine A Light 2021 raises funds to fight homelessness



Shine a Light 2021 – Limerick hockey and olympic star Roisin Upton (far left) launching this years Limerick Shine A Light 2021 at King Johns Castle with Valerie Wheeler, Spin South West and Limerick hurler Aaron Gillane.

Focus Ireland Shine A Light 2021 raises funds to fight homelessness

Focus Ireland and Bord Gáis Energy call on businesses across Limerick to sleep out at King John’s Castle and Shine A Light on homelessness.

Shine a Light Night event returns to King John’s Castle on October 15. Shine A Light Night also appeals to local companies, employees and individuals to join and sleep out across the Midwest.

Focus Ireland and Bord Gáis Energy are calling on business leaders, companies, employees and individuals across the Midwest to sleep out for one night on Friday October 15 – to help raise funds for vital homelessness services. Recent figures from the Department of Housing report that 275 people are currently without a home in Limerick. The historic King John’s Castle has been confirmed as a venue to sleep out for the first time since 2019 with a virtual option also available to everyone to sleep on their sofas or back gardens. 

Corporate support for Shine a Light Night is so important, as demand for Focus Ireland’s services has increased over the past year since the Covid-19 outbreak. This demand is expected to grow further as the economic impact of the virus continues to hit the country and impact the 8,132 people currently homeless in Ireland, including 2,129 children and 930 families in emergency accommodation. Bord Gáis Energy remains committed to its continued partnership with Focus Ireland, sponsoring the annual fundraising initiative – Shine A Light Night – for a third year; with both Focus Ireland and Bord Gáis Energy hoping that the virtual sleep-out options will make this year’s Shine a Light Night safe and accessible to as many people as possible.

To take part in a sleep-out, and for more information, please go HERE  or call 01 881 5900.

For other stories on Focus Ireland go HERE 

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.