Shine a Light Campaign
A note from our CEO.
Today our business lives do not allow us much time to reflect on what is happening in our own back yard. That said, on my journeys to work each day, when I am home I am alarmed to hear so many stories on the radio about homelessness in Ireland. It is something we take for granted, a home. It is not just the single person we are used to seeing lying on the street corner, but today there are families seeking accommodation with nowhere to call home. On October 13th, I have decided to put my hand in the ring and join a number of fellow CEOs across Ireland who will be sleeping out in the grounds of the Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin, to shine a light on the issue of homelessness in Ireland today. I am hoping you can all join me in raising some much needed funds to support the vital work Focus Ireland do every day. Their web site is so enlightening www.focusireland.ie. This initiative is part of our CSR (Company Social Responsibility) Programme, that begins now with this worthy cause.
Family homelessness in Ireland has reached historic proportions. Today there are 5,046 adults homeless and 2,777 children in emergency accommodation, meaning more than 1 in 3 people experiencing homelessness in Ireland is a child. The total number of people homeless rose by 25% from June 2016 to June 2017 with Youth Homelessness increasing by over 90% in three years.
I would like to see our global Shanahan Family get behind me in raising some much needed awareness and funding for Focus Ireland and to shine a light on homelessness in Ireland. Please do what you can at your locations, to gather some funding through events that can be hosted without much effort.
You can donate by clicking on the link: https://shine-a-light-night-2017.everydayhero.com/ie/james-greaney