Photo by Boyd Challenger L-R (back): Pictured in Oranmore for the launch of the Virtual Sleep Out for Simon were, Teresa Healy; Maureen Lynch, Galway Simon Community Chairperson; Niamh Hanniffy; Gearoid McInerney; Ailish O Reilly; Lily Considine, L-R (front): Marcus Quinlan and Anika Quinlan (4 yrs); Geraldine Grady, Galway Simon HR Manager; Jasper Quinlan (7 yrs).
Galway Simon Community has welcomed Oranmore-Maree as a new Community Team for their annual Sleep Out for Simon event which will take place virtually on Friday 2nd October.
This year, the people of Oranmore-Maree have come together as a community to participate in Galway Simon Community’s first Virtual Sleep Out, where they will swap their beds for sleeping bags for one night in a bid to raise awareness and much-needed funds for homelessness in Galway. Individuals, families, work colleagues, teammates, and community groups can get involved by pitching a tent in their garden, bedding down on the living room floor, or even spending the night under the stars in the office car park.
Tom Broderick, Chairperson of Oranmore Community Development Association (OCDA) said:
‘’This year has been a particularly challenging time for many people in our community in Oranmore/Maree, some of whom may be relying on services like Galway Simon”.
“So as a community we decided to rally together and organise sleep-outs across Oranmore and Maree. We really want to encourage others in our local community to become involved and take part with their families and friends, and to raise vital funds for those experiencing homelessness during this difficult time. As the Sleep Out event will be virtual due to COVID-19 restrictions, families, and friends can take part in their own back gardens”, Tom added.
Galway Simon have lined up an eventful evening including music, a virtual quiz, storytelling and mindfulness which will all be live-streamed on the night. A number of Community and Business Teams are taking part in this year’s event.
100% of proceeds will go directly towards Galway Simon’s Homelessness Prevention Services here in Galway, ensuring the charity can safeguard their essential services during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Register for Galway Simon’s Virtual Sleep Out and join a team or take part as an individual!