Cherrywood Business Park, south Dublin – Friday 12th October – Milner Browne staff brought their sleeping bags out to the balcony on the 3rd floor of Building 3 in Cherrywood Business Park on Friday 12th October, braving the elements to raise money and highlight the current crisis of homeless in Ireland.
Thanks to their efforts, Milner Browne has raised over €9000, which will go directly towards funding vital frontline services and helping Focus Ireland change the lives of those who were either homeless or at risk in Ireland.
Shine a Light Night is an important charity for CEO, Morgan Browne. Morgan participated in his first sleep-out with Milner Browne in 2014, experiencing first-hand the difficulty and harsh conditions that affect the homeless across Ireland.
Shine A Light Night is Focus Ireland’s flagship corporate fundraising initiative and since 2012 over €3 million has been raised to fund services to prevent and combat family homelessness. The €3 million in funds raised to date have been vital to ensure Focus Ireland services are there to provide support in this crisis. In 2017 alone, Focus Ireland supported a record 14,500 people who were either homeless or at risk. Sadly the crisis has deepened throughout 2018, in the Dublin Region alone each month an average of 99 families became newly homeless in the first eight months of this year, compared to 81 a month for the same period in 2017.
Morgan said: “At Milner Browne, our people are core to our success. Our people are recruited to match our culture, our values and to play their part in our ambitious plans. We believe in developing, retaining and promoting from within, always wanting to support our people and community to achieve their potential. We are really proud of the whole team in giving up their home comforts for the night and raising such a large amount for a very important charity”
Focus Ireland CEO Pat Dennigan said: “We are in the middle of the worst homelessness crisis in living memory as a record total of 9,527 people are homeless nationwide. Last year we supported a record 14,500 people who were homeless or at risk and we now provide over 1,100 homes for people nationwide.”