Kildare senior footballers to lead solidarity sleepout in Naas next weekend to highlight homeless crisis

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Kildare senior footballers to lead solidarity sleepout in Naas next weekend to highlight homeless crisis
By Patrick Ward 7:50 Thursday 7th of December 2017

A number of Kildare senior footballers will be taking part in a 12-hour sleepout on Saturday week in a bid to raise awareness about homelessness and to gather much needed funds for numerous charities that help those affected by the current crisis in Ireland

Kildare star Paul Cribbin will be leading the sleepout in Naas on December 16, and other members of Cian O’Neill’s senior panel will be taking part, along with former players and members of the Kildare ladies football and camogie teams.

The charities that will benefit from the sleepout, which is being held in 11 locations around Ireland, include the Peter McVerry Trust, DePaul, the Simon Communities, Focus Ireland and the Capuchin Day Centre, Cope Galway, Thomand House and Novas in Limerick, and the Welcome Organisation in Belfast.

“The sleepouts are designed to help us better understand homelessness and to raise awareness and funds,” Cribbin told KildareNow.

“It’s ran through an organisation called Gaelic Voices for Change. They’re a volunteer group of current and past county players and it was kind of set up through the GPA and I got involved through that.”

While members of the public will not be able to join in on the sleepout as only those with permits are permitted, people can get involved by making donations on the night through bucket collections or else donating online at www.gaelicvoicesforchange.com.

“It’s basically a 12-hour sleepout so I think it’s going to run from six or seven in the evening until six or seven on Sunday morning,” explained the Johnstownbridge man.

“There are a good few people involved from Kildare at the moment. Initially, Naas wasn’t an area that was going to have a permit for the sleepout, but because of the interest among people in Kildare we got granted permits from Gardaí.

“The way that people can get involved is by coming down and showing their support. There will be collection boxes at the area where we’re sleeping and also there are online donation pages going around on social media.”

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