Support for sleep out 'exceptional'

Olivia Ryan

Published 11/12/2013 | 05:20

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Volunteers braving the cold during the ‘sleep out’ at Market Square last Friday in aid of the Simon Community.

THE generosity of Dundalk people shone through once again this week when a group of local people staged a 'sleep out' in aid of the Simon Community.

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The volunteers braved the December chill to take part in a 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. sit out on Friday night. And according to the group, 'the response from local people was exceptional.'

'We really could not believe it to be honest,' said Evelyn Ryan. 'Not only were people donating as much as they could to our collection buckets, they also came along to bring us food and blankets.'

Indeed one woman, who drove up and got out of her car in her pyjama's dropped a €50 note into their collection.

'That was amazing, along with the response from people who were on a night out around town. Once people heard it was in aid of the Simon Community, they were really anxious to give as much as they could.'

And when some of the volunteers went along to a nearby take away for a burger, they even found the cost of their food being covered by other customers.

'We were really touched by that, and the donations by Tony's in Park Street who sent over pizzas to us during the night.'

Others drove up to deliver soup and sandwiches to the group, and cars tooted in support of their efforts.

'We honestly can't thank local people enough for all their support. Although we don't have a total yet of what was raised, it was an amazing response.'

The 'sleep out' was part of a national series of events taking place around the country on the same night.

The Dundalk volunteer group are now making plans to organise the event as an annual fundraiser for the Simon Community.

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