Charity Sleep Out Overnight In Pearse Park In Aid Of Kerry Homeless

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Members of the Under The Elements homeless awareness group are, from left: Charlene Tidings, Marian Coffey, Julie Fitzpatrick and Marilyn O' Shea. Photo by Gavin O'Connor.

Members of the Under The Elements homeless awareness group are, from left: Charlene Tydings, Marion Coffey, Julie Fitzpatrick and Marilyn O’ Shea. Photo by Gavin O’Connor.

FIVE local women are taking it upon themselves to do something proactive for homeless facilities in Kerry.

Marion Coffey, Charlene Tydings, Julie Fitzpatrick, Marilyn O’Shea and Tina Lonergan have started the Under The Elements homeless awareness group which are about to get off the ground with a first charity initiative in aid of Arlington Lodge, Kerry’s only homeless shelter.

“Without Arlington Lodge we would have a very visible homeless problem here in Kerry,” said Marion Coffey.

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“Last week one of the residents died in Arlington and there was someone already waiting within a week for his bed so it is getting worse” said Marion.

The ladies are organising a sleep out in Pearse Park on Saturday, September 10 from 6pm to 6am and are asking the public to get involved to help those caught up in the homeless crisis which is at tipping point nationally and in Kerry.

Funds raised will go towards renovating a house for a person with disabilities.

NOVAS/Arlington Lodge also run several houses and apartments dotted around Tralee town. Their facilities are the only ones in Kerry that specifically cater for the homeless so are in urgent need of funding due to the crisis all over the county.

Under The Elements was formed following a Facebook post about the housing crisis by Marian Coffey which gained a lot of support and interest. Marian from Kileen Heights along with the four other women from Tralee and Ballyheigue decided it was time to do something.

“We want to highlight the homeless issue which is getting much worse and make people realise that homelessness can happen for many reasons such as family breakdown, mental health problems, abuse in the family and minor learning disabilities, as well as addiction and alcoholism,” said Marion.

On the following day Sunday, September 11 an Under The Elements Family Fun Day in the Square will take place between 12pm and 6pm to keep the ball rolling on charity efforts.

The family fun day will feature bands, Comic Book Heroes and Chapter 2 along with Face-painting and Kingdom Party Pals for the kids. There will also be spot prizes donated by local businesses raffled off.

Present at the sleep out will be Civil Defence, security and community gardaí.

A registration night will be held in the boardroom of The Ashe Hotel, which is located inside the main doors from 6.30pm to 8.30pm on the night of the sleep out. €10 for adults and €5 for teens.

Under The Elements will visit Listowel Community  and Sports Centre from 4pm to 7pm on Monday, August 29 and are still waiting to confirm a Killarney venue. Keep an eye on the Under The Elements Facebook page for updates.

One Comment

  1. Matty O'Leary says:

    I do not understand – Ireland clearly has a lot of cash for this sort of stuff, as over €16,000,000 has been spent running Kerry’s reception centres since 2000 on asylum seekers and/or economic migrants!
    I suggest contacting one of our many politically correct politicians that runs our affairs for us – maybe, our Chancellor Angel Merkel!

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