Property chiefs put their oars in for the Simon Community
Six of the biggest property companies in Ireland have come together to host a major fundraising event to raise over €250,000 for the Simon Community and local charities.
The 'Dragons At the Docks' event will be held on Thursday, August 31, and will see teams from leading Irish companies racing Dragon Boats at Grand Canal Dock in the heart of Dublin's docklands.
The six companies backing the event are Cairn Homes, Green Reit, Hammerson, Hibernia Reit, Ires Reit and Kennedy Wilson Europe Real Estate. Organisers are hoping that over 50 teams will enter.
Each team will comprise 11 competitors (10 rowers and a drummer), and all team members will receive a race pack, team T-shirt and entry to the after-race barbecue and entertainment at HQ restaurant.
Three-quarters of the funds raised on the night will go to the Dublin Simon Community, with the balance to be distributed to local charities within the Grand Canal Dock area.
Commenting on the initiative, the ceo of the Dublin Simon Community, Sam McGuinness, said: "This unique event will help provide people with vital housing at a time when we are facing a devastating homeless crisis.
"The support and kindness shown by event participants and organisers, will give people the chance to rebuild their lives and enable them to move away from the trauma of homelessness to a safe and secure place they can call home."
Kevin Nowlan, chief executive of Hibernia Reit, one of the six cornerstone sponsors of the event, added: "This is the first of what we hope will become an annual event in the calendar in which the Irish property sector helps raise funds for the homeless. We encourage companies to enter a team and get involved in what is going to be a great evening of competition in the water and fun on the shore."
- Further information on the event can be found at www.dragonsatthedocks.ie