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Published on: Galway Simon Community News

Sleep Out for Simon goes hybrid!

Take the challenge, raise funds, make a difference!

Homeless charity Galway Simon Community has launched its annual Sleep Out for Simon and this year the event is going hybrid! The event, set to take place on the night of Friday 30th September, will see individuals, friends, families, colleagues, businesses and communities from Galway, Mayo, Roscommon and beyond, give up their bed for one night to raise awareness and vital funds for those facing homelessness in the West.

Galway Simon invites you to get your flasks of tea and hot chocolate at the ready and pack yourselves into your warmest sleeping bags, for a jam-packed night on Friday 30th September. This year people have the choice to join one of Galway Simon’s organised Community Sleep Outs taking place across Galway city and county or to organise their own Sleep Out in a safe place of their choosing. This could be in a tent in your back garden in Boyle, on a trampoline in Claremorris, in a garden shed in Headford or in an office car park in Vancouver. By joining either of these Sleep Out for Simon events you’re guaranteed to come away with a sense of pride at making a difference.

One participant from last year said it was “a great experience with my family raising money for such a good cause while also getting a greater understanding of homelessness and the fact that it can happen to anyone”.

Karen Golden, CEO of Galway Simon Community, explained why they are relying on the community to come together and raise funds for those living with the threat of homelessness. “The fear and trauma of having nowhere to sleep is a stark reality for some, the families and individuals who we support continue to be under extreme pressure. We are asking for the help of our community so that we can continue delivering the support needed to protect the most vulnerable in our society from the threat of homelessness”.

Over the last two years the Sleep Outs took place virtually due to Covid-19 and were the most diverse to date. People partook from across the globe, from Moycullen, Westport, Castlerea, to as far as Shanghai, with participants from Montessori groups to sports clubs to businesses and enterprises of all sizes. The vital funds raised helped support more than 800 individuals and families across the West, a truly phenomenal achievement.

As the rising cost of living and housing crisis impacts on people in our community, your support will make a difference to those living in fear of losing their home. Galway Simon looks forward to welcoming your participation in this unique event on the 30th of September, be it from your own back garden or by joining one of our Community Sleep Outs in Galway city and county.

This year we have set ourselves the target of raising €100,000 from the Sleep Out for Simon. 100% of proceeds will go directly towards Galway Simon’s Homelessness Prevention Services including our community support, youth, women and family services, ensuring the charity can safeguard these essential community services and support those in need.

To register for the Sleep Out for Simon today, visit here.


People in photo (L-R): Walter McDonagh (Moycullen Sleep Out), Bernie Rogers (Oranmore Sleep Out), Karol Cooke (Galway Simon Community), Gill Carroll (Galway City Centre Sleep Out) and Geraldine Grady (Oranmore Community Sleep out). PHOTO: CLARE O’REGAN