Leaving Cert students from St Ignatius (The Jes) Secondary School Galway will take to the streets this weekend to raise awareness of homelessness and raise vital funds for COPE Galway.
The students are participating in this year’s Sleep Out in aid of COPE Galway’s work with homeless men and women, and will take up residence on Shop Street for 24 hours from 6.30pm on 23 December to 6pm on 24 December.
“This is such a great way to bring home to people, in some small way, the reality of what life is like if you are experiencing homelessness in Galway,” said Fintan Maher of COPE Galway.
“Each student who participates will have done some research on homelessness and will also have raised vital funds for COPE Galway, so this will be both an educational and character building experience.”
The public can support the students in their effort in a number of ways, including organising collections in their workplace or with friends and family and dropping off the money to the Sleep Out or to any of COPE Galway’s services. Collection envelopes are available from COPE Galway.
Alternatively, they can make a donation to COPE Galway by logging on to www.copegalway.ie and clicking on ‘Donate Now’, by texting the word ‘SLEEP’ to 57911 (cost €2) or by phoning 1518-999 996 (cost €3).
To volunteer to assist at the Sleep Out, contact Claire at COPE Galway on 091-778750.