Monday 23 April 2018

Mild nights help pupils and teachers weather sleep-outs to raise €130,000

Louise Hogan

Louise Hogan

PUPILS rolled out their sleeping bags on the streets of Dublin to raise more than €130,000 for homeless charities.

The group of 90, along with past pupils and volunteer teachers of Belvedere College, Dublin, set up camp outside the GPO on O'Connell Street, and at the Bank of Ireland on College Green for two nights.

After beginning their 48 hour fundraising endeavour on Saturday – which includes a fast – the big hearted students will continue to raise money for charity and highlight the plight of those left homeless until 6pm today.

Sixth-year Belvedere College pupil James Meade said around 90 people took part altogether in the marathon sleep-out including 70 students and 20 past pupils.

"The sleep-out is one of the longest running traditions in the school and I wanted to be part of that tradition," he said. "It is a way of experiencing what it's really like to be homeless on the streets of Dublin."

He admitted they were a bit "anxious" about the weather in the run-up to the event, but were delighted with the mild weather.

Some well-known faces will also be popping along to lend their support over the two nights, including former Miss Ireland Holly Carpenter, whose rugby beau Cian Healy has also been backing the event on Twitter.

Last year's sleep-out and fast raised more than €130,000 for homeless charities. James explained they were hoping to top that amount this year.

Since 1983, the 'sleep-out' has raised more than €1.5m for a number of charities, including the Peter McVerry Trust and Focus Ireland.

People can text 'sleepout' to 57802 to donate €2 to the Belvedere College annual sleep-out and fast.

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