Big thanks from Laois Friends of Simon for Sleep Out homeless fundraiser

Conor Ganly

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Pictured at O'Moore Park for the Sleep Out for Simon. Pic Denis Byrne

More than €15,000 has been raised to provide services to the homeless thanks to a fundraising event at Laois GAA HQ on the night Storm Brian hit.

Laois Friends of Midland Simon wish to thank everyone who supported the overnight Sleep Out in O’Moore Park, Portlaoise held on Friday, October 20. 

This year marked the second holding of the fundraiser in Laois and it was touch and go as to whether it would proceed because of the storm. While there had to be some scaling back, the fundraiser proceeded and has been a success. 

Michael Martin is Chairman Laois Simon. He extended thanks in a statement on behalf of the charity. He thanked all hose who sponsored and the GAA personnel who helped to steward through the night. Members of the home economics class of Portlaoise Prison were also thanked for supplying food.

"Most importantly those hardy people who braved the elements and slept out. Over €15,000 was raised with some money still coming in. We appreciate your tremendous help. Your efforts will go some way to relieving the plight of homelessness within the county," said Mr Martin.

Midlands Simon Community offers many services to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, to help get them back on their feet as quickly as possible. Midlands Simon supports people in the Midlands region of Laois, Longford, Offaly and Westmeath.

Their aim is to help people to rebuild their lives, and move out of homelessness into a permanent home.