THE head of the Redemptorists in Limerick is thanking members of the public who supported the order’s first ever sleep out for it annual Christmas Hamper Appeal.
The 24-hour event which took place on Thursday night at the junction of Thomas Street and O’Connell Street is being hailed as a huge success.
“It’s the first time we have done it so it’s a new venture for us and I think it went well and we made lots of new connections – we met lots of young people who we wouldn’t normally meet because up to now a lot of our fundraising has been around people who come to the church so this was a venture to try to connect to a wider audience,” said Fr Seamus Enright, who thanked those who donated for their generosity
“It was great craic, the people were just giving throughout the night. There is nothing you couldn’t say about them. Some of them were a bit jolly but they were willing to donate when they heard what it was for,” said Patrick McCarthy who took part in the sleep out.
“It took me out of my comfort zone and I really got a new perspective on what it’s like to be in this position (homeless). Yes, we had sleeping bags; Yes, we had a tent but there are a lot of people in the city who don’t and it took me out of my nice warm bed and it gave me a new outlook on life,” he added.
The monies raised from the week’s sleep out will go towards the Redemptorists’ Christmas Hamper campaign which will see more than 7,000 hampers being delivered to needy people across the city and county.
“We have a store which has just opened so food is being delivered at present and this week we will begin making up the hampers before they are distributed by various groups,” said Fr Enright.