Iarnród Éireann News

Supporting Focus Ireland to fight homelessness in Ireland and to help get people Home For Christmas

27 November 2018

Throughout December, Iarnród Éireann will be helping Focus Ireland - and you can help too.

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This Christmas season, we are very proud to be working once again with Focus Ireland (CHY 7220) in its bid to help fight homelessness in Ireland.

And when you book online at www.irishrail.ie you can help too.

As you head home on the train from a regular day at work or perhaps doing a bit of early Christmas shopping in town, you are making a journey you have made many times. The journey home.  All of us can sometimes take our own home for granted. Not everyone has this security. Sadly, almost 10,000 people are homeless nationwide right now. Shockingly, nearly 4,000 are children.

We are aiming to raise vital funds for Focus Ireland to help in the delivery of the charity’s frontline services while helping to raise awareness about homelessness in Ireland. This support is vital in providing assistance to the work to prevent homelessness and to immediate and long‐term supports for people who are currently experiencing homelessness.  Sadly, the crisis has worsened throughout 2018. Each month, in the Dublin Region alone, an average of 99 families became newly homeless in the first eight months of this year, compared to 81 families per month for the same period in 2017. And more than 1 in every 3 people who are homeless is a child.

The charity’s Life President Sister Stan said: “We really do depend on donations now more than ever to raise funds so our services can cope with the constantly rising demand. I am asking rail users to please give what they can afford to support our urgent Christmas appeal.”

Sr. Stan also spoke passionately of the terrible impact being homeless has on children as she said: “It really breaks my heart to know that some of these children have been born into homelessness. Some of them will spend their first Christmas with their family forced to live in one little room together. They are our children too and we have a duty as a society to provide a safe home for them. We have a duty to protect the childhoods of these children and to make sure they do not suffer from being homeless for long periods of time.”

However, the good news is Focus Ireland has helped more than 13,000 people from January to end of September this year – this is a 6% rise from the 12,270 helped compared to the same period in 2017. During the same time, Focus Ireland supported over 350 families to secure a home and escape homelessness but they cannot do this without your help.

For the month of December, choirs will perform in some of our main stations around Ireland to help collect vital and much needed funds.

Donations can also be made through the Iarnród Éireann website, www.irishrail.ie with an option to make a small donation as you book your journey – while you travel home, you can help fight homelessness for the Focus Ireland #HomeforChristmas campaign.

You can also donate today at www.focusireland.ie or call 1850 204 205

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