A GROUP of Fermanagh GAA county stars are taking part in the ‘Gaelic Voices for Change’ solidarity sleep-out to raise awareness of the escalating housing and homeless crisis.
Marita McDonald, Shauna Hamilton, Ellie McMahon, Sarah Britton and Courtney Murphy from the Fermanagh Ladies as well as Fermanagh Hurlers Andrew Breslin, Ger McNally, Sean Corrigan, Cathal McGarry and Declan McGarry are all doing the sleep out in Belfast this Saturday, December 16th. Fermanagh defender Ryan McCluskey has also been assisting the group with gathering donations and preparation.
The sleep-out is taking part in 12 towns and cities with over 300 GAA players taking part to generate solidarity, funds, awareness, and action of the homeless crisis. All funds raised will go to homeless charities north and south including the Peter McVerry Trust, the Welcome Organisation and the Simon Communities.
Marita McDonald is one of the Fermanagh ladies taking part and is looking forward to the sleep-out.
“The night itself will probably be cold and it could be wet, but there is a good group of us doing it and as well as raising awareness it will also be a wake up call to the volunteers on what homeless people go through on the streets.
“ I think that as GAA players we are fortunate enough to have a presence in the media, and we are now using this presence to shine a light on areas that are either close to our own hearts, or a benefit to society.”
Fermanagh Hurler Andrew Breslin is also one of the county’s representatives taking part.
“It will be well worth braving the cold if it means that we are raising awareness of such an important subject.”
So far, the collective group of over 300 GAA players have raised over €75,000 and have received many donations. If anyone would like to donate either financially or items such as new clothes, bedding, sanitary items, can visit www.gaelicvoicesforchange.com or contact any of the participants
Posted: 8:16 pm December 13, 2017