Over four hundred current and former inter-county football, hurling and camogie players have united together under the umbrella of ‘Gaelic Voices for Change’ to hold a solidarity sleep-out’ in thirteen locations from 6pm to 6am on Saturday December 16th, designed to highlight homelessness raise funds, and call for action having already raised more than €120,000 for charities both north and south.
The group, which is supported by the GPA and WGPA, want to use their voice to support the most vulnerable in society. They’ve identified the housing and homeless crisis as well as issues of mental health, gambling and racism.
A solidarity sleep-out which will take place in towns and cities including Dublin, Boston, Galway, Cork, Limerick, Belfast, New York, Portlaoise, Naas, Sligo, Wexford and Carlow. One former player is also doing it alone in Quebec in Canada.
All funds raised go towards charities including the Peter McVerry Trust, DePaul Ireland, the Simon Communities, Focus Ireland and the Capuchin Day Centre, Cope Galway, Thomand House and Novas in Limerick, and the Welcome Organisation in Belfast. People can also support by donating online at www.gaelicvoicesforchange.com.
Cork legend Valerie Mulcahy is one of the principal figures behind the movement…”Imagine spending a night or several on the streets with little shelter and nowhere to call home. This is the reality for our most vulnerable in Ireland at present. What is most devastating is that children are subjected to this as well. Thoughts of what Santa will bring are left for the fortunate kids. Many of Ireland’s children will be wondering where Santa will bring their presents.’