The Mid West Simon Community is calling on you to support the ‘Sleep Out Challenge’ - a new fundraising drive for the
‘hidden’ homeless across Tipperary and beyond.
The Sleep Out Challenge 2014 is taking place in Semple Stadium on Friday night October 3rd. Volunteers will sign up to sleep out in a cardboard box or a sleeping bag for the night.
Principal Denis Quinn from Coláiste Mhuire Co-Ed is delighted to sign for this Simon Sleep Out Challenge.
“I was honoured to be asked by David Morgan (Semple Stadium Director) and local area director of this Simon Community Challenge to represent our school community in this very worthwhile cause. This falls in line with our caring ethos in Coláiste Mhuire. Being Principal I get to see first hand what I call the ‘new poor’. These are hard working couples with both partners working who have two cars necessary to get to their work and have a mortgage and children. They are under severe pressure and at the end of a busy week juggling everything the sums don’t add up. A missed mortgage payment can be the first step to homelessness. These people often become the hidden homeless and end up sleep ing on a family members couch to protect their families dignity. I am delighted to be a part of this movement on two accounts, one to raise awareness and two to raise funds to support those homeless and at risk. I wish to thank all the public who have sponsored me so generously. The target for the night is €100,000 which may end up helping a relation of yours in the near future.” Members of the public are now being encouraged by the Simon Community to spend a night in a cardboard box or in a sleeping bag in support of people throughout County Tipperary and the rest of Ireland who are sleeping rough.
Jackie Bonfield of the Mid West Simon Community said “Falling into mortgage arrears is a very real threat to many, so many are continuing on with their lives, hiding their worries and trying to struggle on. This anxiety of trying to live a normal life without a place to call home can affect people’s sense of self-worth and cause dramatic stress to their lives. Those without a place to call home are amongst the most vulnerable and forgotten in our community. Unemployment, illness or another crisis can affect a family or individual and the risk of becoming homeless can very quickly become reality.”