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Thursday 17 April 2014

Sleepout boys aim to break charity record

Students Conor Nevin (right), Mike Sweeney ( left), Cormac Phelan and Edward Byrne, taking part in the annual Belvedere College sleepout and fast on O'Connell Street, in aid of the Homeless. Picture: Arthur Carron/Collins
Students Conor Nevin (right), Mike Sweeney ( left), Cormac Phelan and Edward Byrne, taking part in the annual Belvedere College sleepout and fast on O'Connell Street, in aid of the Homeless. Picture: Arthur Carron/Collins

A GROUP of secondary school students braved chilly temperatures last night to raise money for the homeless.

The 70 students from Belvedere College rested their heads next to the GPO on O'Connell Street as part of an annual 'sleep-out' and are hoping to exceed the €140,000 raised last year by camping out for 48 hours. "The money goes straight to the homeless and nobody is paid in this system.

"It's all voluntary. We get people giving us money which they've been collecting all year," said Gerard Conran, an art teacher at the school.

"It's going very well, and it's great to raise awareness of a really worthy cause."

Students at the Dublin school have been staging the event for 30 years in aid of the homeless and other charities.

Irish Independent

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