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Thursday 26 April 2018

Funds help turn key on flats for the homeless

Blaine Callard, CEO of Harvey Norman, with Fr Peter McVerry
Blaine Callard, CEO of Harvey Norman, with Fr Peter McVerry
Claire Murphy

Claire Murphy

Half of the apartments that Peter McVerry Trust hopes to bring on-stream this year will be fitted out thanks to funds raised by Harvey Norman.

Employees and customers of the retailer fundraised a massive €173,796 throughout the month of February and the funds will help turn the key on 20 new homes.

Blaine Callard, CEO of Harvey Norman Ireland, presented Fr Peter McVerry with a cheque on behalf of the team.

"Homelessness is such an important issue in Ireland, and Peter McVerry Trust is doing wonderful work to make homes for those that need them most.

"Our teams were so proud to be able to help raise funds," Mr Callard said.

Official figures show that there are more than 9,000 people now homeless across Ireland, with over 40pc of those aged 24 or younger.

Nell Ward, corporate fundraising manager at Peter McVerry Trust, said the funds will help to fit-out almost half of the apartments that they plan to bring on stream in 2018.

Irish Independent

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