Belvedere Sleep Out
The 35th Annual Belvedere College Sleep-Out will take place on 22-24 December 2018 on Dublin’s O’Connell Street and College Green. Last year’s Sleep-Out raised just under 200,000 euro.
Four students who will be sleeping out shared their stories with Pat Coyle – Cormac Yalloway and Kevin Owens shared their experience of the Sleep-Out last year saying they never realised how hard it could be to sleep on the ground. But also adding that it was a really worthwhile experience. Matt Grogan and Harry Hamlet McGuire talked about doing it for the first time and what motivated them.
Harry talked about the homelessness crisis and the work that some Belvedere students do, meeting with people on the streets, offering them food and a chat. Harry says that when they do go on the streets they keep in mind the words of Brother Eamonn Davis SJ: “He tells us that when we go down to meet the homeless that we don’t stand over people… We’re sitting down and kneeling next to them and we’re having a conversation with them… and we’re getting to know them”.
Matt Grogan: “I wanted to be part of something bigger than myself… I’m fortunate enough that I have a roof over my head every night and there’s food on my table every morning, which I’m incredibly grateful for. And through the school I’m aware that there are people who aren’t as fortunate as myself… and I feel obligated to give back”.
They are all hopeful that this year they can raise even more money than last year. Whatever money they raise will be divided between the Peter McVerry Trust, Focus Ireland and Home Again.
Cormac began by talking about his experience from last year.
Donate online here. Follow them on Facebook (Belvedere College S.J. Annual Sleep-Out & Fast), Twitter (@belvosleepout) and Instagram (sleepoutdublin). And look for details of their Sleep-Out Selfie Campaign.