Shine a Light 2016 – in aid of Focus Ireland
Our Managing Director, Barry Shevlin, was amongst other members of the Business Community at the Shine a Light event 2016 on Friday 20th October at Christchurch Cathedral. Everyone came together to sleep outside for one night to raise vital funds and to stand in solidarity with people experiencing homelessness in Ireland today by sleeping out all night on the grounds of the cathedral.
Pictured on the night is Pat Dennigan (left), Director of finance & property with Focus Ireland and Barry Shevlin (Global Home Improvements).
Global successfully raised over €5,500 and we would like to sincerely thank all who donated, including many of our suppliers and our own staff.
Barry says: “My eyes were truly opened as to what it might feel like to have to sleep rough. We were all very humbled by the experience, but now determined to do more”.
“A Focus Ireland representative informed us that, as of that evening, there were 22 families with children requesting emergency accommodation. She said they will probably only place 10-15 of them in such accommodation and the rest will end up sleeping in their car, or at Heuston station or in a 24 hour fast-food establishment. It just doesn’t bear thinking about.”
Barry says: “Focus Ireland are an excellent charity, they have a mission and are extremely motivated. They are forward thinking and their staff is a credit to them. We plan to do everything we possibly can to help them achieve their goal in the coming years”.