Mullingar Community College

MULLINGAR COMMUNITY COLLEGE STAFF SET TO SLEEP ROUGH FOR FOCUS IRELAND

29-September-20
MULLINGAR COMMUNITY COLLEGE STAFF SET TO SLEEP ROUGH FOR FOCUS IRELAND

On October 16th, a group of 11 staff members from Mullingar Community College will spend the night sleeping out in the school grounds to ‘Shine A Light’ for Focus Ireland and in doing so, raising awareness for homelessness in Ireland.

The sleep out is part of Focus Ireland’s annual Shine a Light campaign which, for the second year is being run with the support of Bord Gáis Energy, who have been proud patrons of Focus Ireland since 2015. Thus far the ‘Shine A Light’ campaign has raised €5.2 million with Bord Gáis Energy having committed more than €2.4 million to help combat family homelessness. This year the partnership is aiming to raise €1.3 million to support people experiencing homelessness across the country.

Mr. Joe Rayfus- who has been a teacher in MCC for the past 15 years, is leading the group. When asked why the staff choose to get involved in this initiative, Mr Rayfus pointed out that, “There are currently 8,702 people who are homeless and relying on emergency homeless accommodation. At this moment in time, Westmeath has 37 adults in official homeless emergency accommodation with another 1,222 households on the social housing waiting list, so it’s important to remember that homelessness is not just a social issue reserved for the streets of the capital.”

For this year’s event, Mullingar Community College staff have set themselves a target of raising over €8,702 for Focus Ireland - €1 for every person who was homeless in Ireland during the month of August. Thus far the response to their fundraising efforts has been brilliant and they are asking the people of Mullingar and the surrounding areas to support their efforts.

We have set up a fundraising page, where you can donate as much or a little as you can manage. Every cent count and we hope to smash our target well in advance of the 16th. If people wish to donate, they can follow the link below to the donation page.

https://shine-a-light-night-2020.everydayhero.com/ie/mullingar-community-college

When asked about the student’s reaction to the fundraiser Mr. Rayfus said “We’ve had great support from our student body. In fact, many have expressed their interest to become involved and ordinarily we would encourage their participation; however with the current restrictions in place regarding social distancing we felt that, for this year at least, keeping it to a small number of staff was best.”

Finally, Mr Rayfus wanted to thank the staff, students, parents and LWETB for their support in organising the event.

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