The third Peter McVerry Trust Opening Doors Appeal ran throughout October 2015. The appeal coincided with world homeless day, 10th October, and aimed to build awareness across businesses, communities, schools and individuals of the growing number of people experiencing homelessness in Ireland today.
This annual appeal also helps Peter McVerry Trust to prepare our services ahead of the additional increase of people accessing homeless services in winter.
The annual Zombie Fun Run, organised by Marino College, took place at 12pm on October 21st Fairview Park.
The appeal saw customers in a wide range of restaurants across Dublin leave a €2 donation with their bill to help tackle homelessness. For more information, check out www.streetsmartireland.org.
A book sale was held in aid of Peter McVerry Trust at St John the Baptist Church, Clontarf. http://www.stjohnsclontarf.ie/
The Matthews Band and Danny Battles kicked off Peter McVerry Trust’s Opening Doors Appeal with a gig in Whelan’s on October 1st.
Peter McVerry Trust opened Ireland’s first Youth Cafe dedicated to the needs of young people in homelessness or at risk of homelessness. The new service will offer safe and supportive environment during the day and on some evenings. The service will be available for different groups including children aged 12-18 and young adults aged 18-25. The service was officially opened by Children’s Ombudsman, Dr Niall Muldoon. The capital works were funded by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, Clongowes Union and Peter McVerry Trust.
You can read more about the opening of the new service here.
Congratulations to Clongowes Wood College who won the third annual Fr Peter McVerry Cup. Thank you to Gonzaga College who hosted the tournament at their grounds in Ranelagh, Dublin 6
Thanks to Leinster Rugby, Munster Rugby and Dominos for their support for this event.
Slideshow – Fr Peter McVerry Cup 2015