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Fundraising for the North West Simon Community
150 raised
75% of €200 goal
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4 Years running
Fundraising for the North West Simon Community-I can't get the Fundrazer link here to work, but click this link to donate directly via my paypal a/c!

Each year, the Sligo Christmas Splash fundraises for a different local charity-I've been taking part in this since 2006, and it's become a major part of my Christmas Day celebrations. For those of you not familiar with it, basically, at 12 noon, I, along with a bunch of other silly souls, will run/jump/fall/swim into the Atlantic for a few mins to get together, sing Jingle Bells together, and generally splash about in the freezing cold Atlantic in honour of a great local cause.....this year, it's the Simon Community.

Homelessness is shit. Excuse the language, but it is. I'm typing this from my toasty bedroom, looking out at the torrential rain on a lazy Sunday afternoon, and I'm thinking how lucky I am not be one of those who has no place to call home, someone who has nowhere to go but shellters on a day like today. How lucky I am not to be someone wandering the streets soaked in worn out shoes, wondering where I might be able to go with virtually no money that won't kick me out the second they cop I'm homeless.
How lucky I am. And how lucky you are to be able read that and think "I've never known that. Nor will I ever know life like that".

The thing is, I've met many homeless people, both through work and through personal life. There's such a broad mix of people in homeless shelters, people who have only recently fallen on hard times, addicts, junkies, ex-junkies, ex-addicts, and people who are seeing a light at the end of a tunnel knowing they'll be out of sheltered accomodation soon. A lot of those people were like you and I, they had a home, they had family, they had a "normal" life. Then something shit in their life happened, family troubles, money troubles, life troubles. And now they're on the streets, looking for somewhere to sleep night after night. Wearing their shoes out day after day walking the streets trying to find somewhere they won't be causing trouble, or get in to trouble....

Days like today remind me how lucky I am to have a roof over my head, to know that no matter how bad things get, I'll always have friends and family I can turn to. Some people don't.

That's where the Simon Community come. They provide support for people who are homeless, they try and support previously homeless people who are being re-homed, and so much more. I know times are tough for folk, but if you can spare even €5, you'll make a difference to someone's life. So g'wan, forego that extra pint, that 4 lights meal at the end of a night, that cheesy Penneys X-mas t-shirt, and give it to the Simon Community. I'd appreciate it, and they'd appreciate it a HUGE amount.
ta muchly y'all,xx
EDIT-I can't get the donate link to work at the side-if it doesn't work for you, please click this paypal link to donate the money directly to my paypal a/c, thanks!

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