• Clodagh Meaney

#SimonStaycation: You can now enjoy a staycation while raising vital funds for homeless charity

Why not enjoy one final summer hurrah this August?

Dublin Simon Community are calling on the nation to join the #SimonStaycation by camping out during the last weekend in August.

Camp out in your garden, your balcony or even in your living room during the last weekend to help raise vital, life-saving funds for the charity.

It comes as some 4,601 Adults, 973 Families and 2,227 Children are currently homeless across the region.

Speaking about the event, Campaign Manager Kate Kavanagh said that while home has become a refuge for many throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, some have not been so lucky.

“Throughout the pandemic, we have all been mindful of the directions to 'stay at home' and then 'holiday at home' as the summer unfolded. 'Home' has become our refuge and our vehicle to get us through these strange and challenging times."

"Sadly, as a result, people living in homelessness have never felt their vulnerability more acutely."

"The Dublin Simon Staycation is a chance to grab the family or the housemates to appreciate the comforts of home," she said.

"It’s also traditionally the last weekend before the kids go back to school, so we want everyone to enjoy it while also raising vital funds for people experiencing homelessness in Dublin and the surrounding counties."

Tickets for the event cost €20 - €25, with all proceeds being used to help people living directly experiencing homelessness in Dublin and the surrounding counties.

€20 could purchase a personal care kit containing new socks and underwear, wipes, deodorant, body wash and tissues for someone who is sleeping rough. For €25 the charity could provide bedding to help keep someone warm at night in supported accommodation.

Upon registration for the event, participants will receive a bumper pack of activity ideas, recipes, stickers and a printed boarding pass.

Those taking part are encouraged to share pictures of their staycation on social media using the hashtag #SimonStaycation.

You can purchase tickets for the event here.

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