Join the CEO’s, GM’s and MD’s of Bord Gáis Energy, Google, Facebook, Toyota and Three – to name but a few – at the Law Society of Ireland, Blackhall Place, Dublin or Corks historic Spike Island, where you swap your executive chair for a sleeping bag and join your peers for one night to raise vital funds to support our work and send a message of solidarity to people experiencing homelessness in Ireland today.
Focus Ireland is calling on staff in companies all over Ireland to get your team together, fundraise collectively and have a sleep out or sleep in at your workplace or join us for one of our organised coporate events Dublin, Iveagh Gardens; Cork, Spike Island; Wexford, Innovate Wexford Park; LImerick, King John’s Castle; or Waterford , Edmund Rice Centre. We ask teams to raise at least €1000 and we will give you everthing you need to organise your sleep out and make your fundraising as easy as possible
Shine a Light with your friends, family, church, local club, your sports team, your neighbours, your classmates or as an individual. Stage a sleep-out in the local park, town square, local club grounds or gardens.. You and your community can be a part of something amazing and raise vital funds and awareness to help Focus Ireland.
Speaking at the launch of Shine A Light Night Catherine O’Kelly, Managing Director, Bord Gáis Energy said, “The current homeless crisis in towns and communities across Ireland is the worst it has ever been. It is heart-breaking that 3,821 children in Ireland today have no home. The team and I in Bord Gáis Energy are committed to supporting Focus Ireland in the crucial work it does to help alleviate the factors that cause homelessness and increase support for those who are at risk of losing their home”. The sponsorship is in addition to the energy company’s ongoing partnership with the charity which since 2015 has seen Bord Gáis Energy donate more than €2.4m to help combat family homelessness.
To find out more about how Bord Gåis Energy support Focus Ireland please click here
Last year, we helped 500 families to escape homelessness and move into a home of their own, we also helped 300 families from losing their home. That’s 800 families’ whose lives have changed forever; who can now wake up on Sunday morning and cook breakfast together in their own kitchen. That’s amazing. Shine A Light Night played a vital part in achieving this. Thank you to everyone who took part and made a difference to the lives of so many people.
The time has come again to give up your comfort for change, for those in a position of influence to stand together and commit to making a difference in the lives of people who are homeless in Ireland today – and to compel others to do the same.
Since 2012, with your help, Shine A Light Night has raised over 4 Million Euro for people who are experiencing homelessness all over Ireland. In 2018, this support enabled us to help over 15,500 people.
So, will you give one night to change a lifetime?
In 2018, 89% of every euro received was spent directly on our frontline services to combat and prevent homelessness: