Public encouraged to ‘do it up’ while doing good for Simon Community

written by Rachel McLaughlin April 18, 2021

Donegal architects and homeowners are being invited to take part in the Simon Communities’ latest fundraiser -RIAI Simon Open Door.

RIAI Simon Open Door is back and ready to make a virtual impact on your real-world living space.  Ireland’s top architects are ready to offer professional advice on your home improvements and it is all in aid of the Simon Communities.

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The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) and the Simon Communities are calling on members of the public to sign up to the annual campaign which will run from Tuesday, 4th May to Friday, 14th May. 

In return for a €95 donation, homeowners can receive an hour-long consultation with an RIAI-registered architect to discuss building, rebuilding or renovating their homes. All consultations take place online and funds raised go directly to the Simon Communities to support their work in tackling homelessness.

Registration for the event is now open and people are encouraged to book a slot with a RIAI-registered architect in their local area by visiting www.simonopendoor.ie   

One of Ireland’s best-known architects, Dermot Bannon MRIAI, helped launch this year’s virtual campaign with a short video, in which he explains how people can get involved for a vital cause. 

Collette Ferguson, Development Officer with North West Simon Community said:

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This is a fantastic opportunity to promote architecture and your practice within your local community whilst helping a very worthwhile cause – Once again, we are asking RIAI architects and practices around Donegal, Leitrim and Sligo to sign up and register to take part, giving the public an hour’s virtual consultation in return for a €95 donation to the Simon Community.” 

All participating architects give their time for free and every cent raised will go directly to the Simon Communities, helping to provide services and support for people experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness in your area.”

The support received from the RIAI Simon Open Door campaign in 2020 enabled the Simon Communities to provide essential resources to respond to COVID 19, most critically by helping to fund supplies of PPE and to address the increased demand for Simon Communities services across the country. 

RIAI-registered architects can pledge to donate an hour of their time by signing up at www.simonopendoor.ie/architects

Please feel free to spread the word about the RIAI Simon Open Door campaign by using the hashtag #RIAIsimon

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