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For the past four years, Galway Simon Community’s annual Sleep Out has made a significant impact on homelessness prevention services throughout the county. Sadly, the event cannot take place as we know it this year, but whether you spend the night in our back gardens or bed down on the living room floor, the most important thing is that we continue to come together in solidarity to help raise desperately needed funds and awareness in support of those facing homelessness.

For the Galway Simon Community it has been an immensely challenging time as they continue to work tirelessly to protect the most vulnerable individuals and families in our community from the risks of homelessness – and from Covid-19. Before the pandemic, the services were already stretched more than ever in their 40-year history, and with an inevitable economic crisis looming, they are bracing themselves for an even bigger increase in the demand over the coming months. Given the fact that fundraising events have and will continue to be massively impacted by the current situation and their ability to meet growing demand is now in serious jeopardy. The Galway Simon Community urgently need the support of our community to stand with them to make sure that they can be there for those who need help in the challenging times ahead.

On Friday October 2nd, members of the leadership team at the Connacht Hospitality Group, Peter Fitzgerald, Paul Fitzgerald, John Carmody, Wayne Neilon, Brian Lynch, Sarah Comer, Jacqueline O Dowd, Eveanna Ryan and Niall Beatty are giving up their usual comforts to spend the night in a sleeping out in solidarity with those facing homelessness during this critical time of need.

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