The people of Edgeworthstown will be greeted with an unusual sight this weekend when two local ladies camp out on the street to highlight the issue of homelessness.
The Two Edgeworthstown ladies Elaine Kelly and Emer Maguire will be engaging in a ‘24 Hour Sleep Out for Simon’ this weekend.
The duo will be endeavouring to sleep in the front door of Jack’s Corner House in Edgeworthstown from 7pm to 7am and they will camp outside Super Valu from 7am to 7pm on Friday, April 11 into Saturday, April 12.
They are hoping that their efforts will highlight the issue of homelessness while also raising funds for Midlands Simon, a charity that helps homeless people in the Midlands.
Speaking to the Longford Leader, Emer explained that she and Elaine came up with the idea after the Simon Community sent literature to their Foróige club.
“Elaine immediately said ‘we’ll do it’.”
Emer praised and thanked local businesses Super Valu and Jack’s Corner House for their ‘tremendous support’.
“Marie Maguire has been so good to us,” she added.
“Our preparations for the Sleep Out are well advanced. We’ve the sleeping bags, blankets, ponchos, hats and gloves. And we are just hoping we will be fed by the locals in our hour of need!”
Emer is appealing for support and any donations including non-perishable foods can be made on the day to the girls or log on to mycharity.ie/elaineandemers24hoursleepout.
“Homelessness is a serious problem and we would really appreciate your support as Midlands Simon do great work,” concluded Emer.
Midlands Simon Community provides a range of vital services to individuals, couples, and families who are either at risk of, or who are experiencing homelessness across the counties of Laois, Longford, Offaly, Westmeath, and the wider Midlands region.
While the main priority of their work is to assist Service Users to move out of homelessness, they also work very closely to help overcome the many other difficulties faced by those experiencing homelessness, such as loneliness, isolation, poverty, and health and welfare issues.