LIMERICK Macra members gave up their comfy beds recently in solidarity with those who sleep on the streets every night.
Up to 20 men and women took part in the fifth annual sleep-out on O’Connell Street for the Mid-West Simon Community. There was no fear of any trouble as they had Munster star Duncan Casey on their team.
Over €10,000 was collected with more to come from on-line donations.
Emily Sexton, secretary of Limerick City Macra, spent 24 hours outside AIB from 8.30am on Saturday morning.
The Caherdavin lady said it was only for one night.
”There are people who sleep on the streets every night. I’m just glad we managed to raise some awareness and money for Mid-West Simon Community. They are a fantastic charity. Passers-by were so generous and stopped to ask us could they get us teas and coffees,” said Emily. Macra members from Ballylanders, Boher, Shannonside, Inse Ban, Kilmallock, Estuary, Croom and Limerick City clubs, and charity staff took part. The sign that hung above all their heads was “beds not benches”.
Jackie Bonfield, of Mid-West Simon Community, thanked Limerick Macra as demand for their services is increasing. Currently they have 120 clients seeking accommodation and are hosting a Christmas Eve breakfast.