The North West Simon Community is calling on people in Donegal to join a Virtual Sleep Out this October.
The annual fundraiser is always a hit in local towns, but this year it will take on a virtual form. In this way, more people can ditch the duvet and sleep outside wherever they are.
Just one night under the stars can go a long way in helping the NW Simon Community’s work against homelessness.
Organisers said: “This year, now more than ever we need your support as we have had to cancel all our community fundraising events which account for 80% of the charity income.
“While we may not be able to come together in person this year, we are calling on friends, family, colleagues, and teammates to join us virtually; giving up your usual comforts to spend the night in a unique and powerful way whilst supporting those facing homelessness in the North West.
“Whether you spend the night under the stars in the office car park, pitch a tent in the garden or rough it in the sleeping bag we are asking you to take part in solidarity with the individuals and families experiencing homelessness during these uncertain times.
“Anyone can sign up to take part including families, work mates, students, teams, clubs, schools at home and abroad.
“During these unprecedented times you must ensure that when you are Sleeping Out virtually it is in line with government safety guidance. When choosing your spot, please consider whether you have any hazards and how you can eliminate or minimize them. And of course, if you are choosing to sleep outside, please take account of the weather and plan accordingly!
“Please contact the charity first where you will be given clear guidelines to help set up your online fundraising campaign. Keep an eye on the North West Simon Community facebook page and Instagram for updates.”
To get involved and sign up to this year’s Virtual Sleep Out contact:
Mary for Sligo/Leitrim: firstname.lastname@example.org 087 7708865
Collette for Donegal: email@example.com 087 0552478