After two days The Radio Nova 2019 Help our Homeless Radiothon raised €71,188
All funds raised during the appeal go directly to Focus Ireland who work to prevent people becoming, remaining or returning to homelessness.
We will announce our final total after all the money comes in from our friends at the 50 Applegreen stores throughout Wicklow, Meath, Kildare and Dublin
And we are also busy collecting the funds raised by our Friends of Radio Nova at different events across the county, but you can still donate online.
The two-day event saw Radio Nova turn over its airwaves to raise vital funds from donations from the public and local businesses.
On Thursday March 13th Radio Nova broadcast live from 37 Dawson Street with a host of celebrities to dropping including Jason Byrne, Bressie, Dermott Bannon and a live on the street performance from Aslan.
Last year Focus Ireland supported over 400 families to move out of homelessness. However, the latest figures show that there are now a record total of 9987 men, women and children homeless. It is shocking to see that nearly 4,000 of the people homeless are children.
Focus Ireland Advocacy Director Mike Allen said: “Focus Ireland research shows that even a short period of homelessness often has a very negative impact on families – and their children. Over 40% of the families who are homeless in Dublin are now in emergency accommodations for over a year.”
Focus Ireland is also concerned that due to the limited amount of new rental stock available and rising rents there will be fewer opportunities to move out of homelessness and people will be stuck in emergency accommodation for longer.
Radio Nova CEO Kevin Branigan said: “Focus Ireland did amazing work last year by helping over 15,500 people who were homeless or at risk of losing their home. We are urging Radio Nova listeners to once again show their amazing generosity by raising vital funds to make sure Focus Ireland are there when people need support.”