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Saturday 25 March 2017

Sleeping in... for a worthy cause

Model Lynn Kelly pictured on South King Street Dublin at the launch of GOAL Duvet Day . GOAL Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
Model Lynn Kelly pictured on South King Street Dublin at the launch of GOAL Duvet Day . GOAL Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

THE charity GOAL is offering Irish companies the opportunity to give their hard-working employees a lie-in and day of relaxation - while still contributing to a worthy cause.

Firms who sign up to a new fundraiser called ‘GOAL Duvet Day’ will raffle tickets to employees, with the winner receiving an extra day’s annual leave from work.

Model Lynn Kelly pictured on South King Street Dublin at the launch of GOAL Duvet Day . Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.
Model Lynn Kelly pictured on South King Street Dublin at the launch of GOAL Duvet Day . Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.

It is understood to be the first time that a Duvet Day has been launched here. The practice is already widespread in several other countries, including the US and the UK.

GOAL CEO, Barry Andrews said: “GOAL has continued to respond to the devastating Ebola outbreak in West Africa. We recently opened a 100-bed Ebola treatment centre in Port Loko, Sierra Leone. In Syria, our food programme reaches an incredible 250,000 beneficiaries each month and we are delivering safe water to 210,000 people.

“Without public support for campaigns such as ‘GOAL Duvet Day’, we would not be able to reach these vulnerable men, women and children.”

Tickets for ‘GOAL Duvet Day’ are €10. All proceeds generated from the event will be used by GOAL to support some of its most urgent operations across its 16 countries of operation.

The aid agency are asking those who are taking part in the event to be mindful of those in the world who do not have a place to sleep. Five tickets (or €50) for Duvet Day will purchase a two-person tent in an emergency response.

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