Carlow politicians and clergyman to sleep rough in bid to raise funds for Focus Ireland

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Are you interesting in taking part?

Focus Ireland is calling on people in Carlow to sign up to take part in a sleep out to raise vital funds to help the charity’s work to combat and prevent homelessness in the county.

The charity is holding the sleep out on Friday March 22 at 8pm at Carlow Methodist Church. Focus Ireland has appealed to local people, businesses, schools and sports clubs to consider taking part in this event. 

Rev Paul Maxwell, Cathaoirleach of Carlow County Council, Cllr Brian O’Donoghue, and Fine Gael TD Pat Deering are already committed to doing the sleep out.

To find out more information people can email: cathryn.oleary@focusireland.ie or call her on 086 604 2854 to sign up and collect a sponsorship. You can also sign up via the Focus Ireland website www.focusireland.ie 

Speaking about the event, Cathryn O’Leary of Focus Ireland said: "There is a record number of nearly 10,000 people now homeless in Ireland. 

"This Focus Ireland Sleep Out on March 22 is an opportunity for the Carlow community to show their solidarity with families, children and individuals who are housing or at risk of losing their home."

She added: "These events are always unique and rewarding to take part in and also make a statement that more needs to be done to help families who are homeless.  A total of 89c from every euro received goes to frontline Focus Ireland services."

Focus Ireland provided advice & information to over 130 people in Carlow last year and also worked with 81 households through its tenancy support and settlement services.

The charity works in partnership with Carlow County Council through its Tenancy Support & Settlement services to help families and individuals who have been homeless or at risk to secure a place to call home and settle in the local community.

People who are worried about their housing situation in Carlow can contact Focus Ireland's Advice & Information services at 086 4171176.