It's easy to forget about homelessness, says charity
It is easy to forget the homelessness crisis is still a major issue, a charity has said.
During the sixth annual raft race against homelessness, Irish charity Depaul aimed to collect donations but also wanted to keep the issue present in the minds of the people.
"At the moment, homelessness is still a very big issue, both within Dublin and Ireland. We have over 10,000 people that are currently homeless. Today is about making sure that stays a highlighted issue," Depaul Senior Services Manager, Dermot Murphy said.
"Today, we have a rafting competition of 36 teams who have all donated money towards Depaul in an effort to support us in our work to address homelessness."
The donations will be used for a variety of projects within Depaul. They provide services and meals for the homeless, as well as support for people moving out of homelessness and into their own homes.
For the charity, events like today's raft race are an important part of their work to keep society alert about the issue.
"Particularly on a lovely day like today, it can be easy to forget that there are people who are homeless and that will not have a place to stay in tonight.
"As a society we need to continue to see homelessness as something we want to eradicate. We would ask that the public does not become fatigued to the issue of homelessness because that can happen after it has been ongoing for quite a period of time," said Mr Murphy.
While he was happy with the participation within the raft, that made it the biggest event in its six year history, he also pointed out the importance of the cooperation with other institutions.
"We are working closely with our partners like the Dublin Region Homeless Executive, Dublin City Council, the HSE and the Department of the Environment.
"We need to continue that good work and to keep coming up with solutions like long term accommodation and social housing for people," Mr Murphy added.