Munster star JJ is backing Novas homeless services

JJ Hanrahan, Munster, Una Burns and Tony Ledger, Novas Initiatives, at the launch of Novas' preparation for the Great Limerick Run at the Clarion Hotel. Picture Brendan Gleeson
MUNSTER fly-half JJ Hanrahan has called on people to raise money for the Novas Initiatives homeless services.

MUNSTER fly-half JJ Hanrahan has called on people to raise money for the Novas Initiatives homeless services.

Rising star Hanarahan has lent his support to Novas’ campaign to eradicate homelessness in the city.

With its head office based in Limerick, Novas provides accommodation and support for more than 100 men and women in the city, and works with more than 40 families in preventing homelessness.

While its main office is in McGarry House in Alphonsus Street, the centre also has facilities in Mulgrave Street, Mungret Street, the Ennis Road and St Patrick’s Hill.

The Munster player has encouraged anyone taking part in the Great Limerick Run to consider raising money for charity.

More than 1,500 people accessed Novas services last year, with almost seven in every ten from Limerick.

This number does not include the people who availed on the voluntary street outreach programme, which distributed more than 4,000 meals on the streets of Limerick City.

JJ said he recognises the importance of the services provided by the charity “in caring for some of society’s most vulnerable people.”.

Many of the clients presenting to Novas have been victims of sexual and physical abuse and extreme poverty. They also have issues regarding their mental health, addiction, family breakdown and poor education. Many of the clients are not served my mainstream services and are excluded from existing voluntary agencies.

JJ, who made his first appearance in Munster colours in October and who was announced man of the match later that month after scoring two tries, encourages anybody participating in the various races this May Bank Holiday to raise money “for this very worthy cause”. This can be done by setting up a fundraising page on http://www.mycharity.ie/charity/novas/ or by contacting head office on 061-370325.