Local Entrepreneur, Dan Sweeney, is urging Corkonians to support Good Shepherd Cork’s latest fundraising initiative, #Homerun, to raise much needed funds for families who are homeless as they prepare for the return to school.
The funds raised by the #Homerun initiative will be used to support families and children living in emergency accommodation as they prepare to return to school, following the shutdown in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds raised will allow Good Shepherd Cork to continue supporting Cork’s homeless community, by reducing stresses on families during the COVID-19 pandemic as children prepare to return to the classroom. Following the cancellation of the Cork City Marathon and the Ladies Mini Marathon this year, which contribute significantly to Good Shepherd Cork’s annual fundraising efforts, Dan Sweeney and his family are calling on Corkonians to walk, run or crawl a distance of their choice on September 12th and 13th to raise much needed funds for local families in need. People are asked to donate whatever they can to the charity via its website www.goodshepherdcork.ie or by texting ‘EdelHouse’ to 50300, donating €4 to the initiative. Participants are also asked to share their own homerun on social media using the hashtag #Homerun. Speaking about the #Homerun initiative, Allison Aldred, CEO, Good Shepherd Cork, said: “We understand that the return to school can be a particularly stressful time for families who are homeless. The money raised will allow us to support up to 80 families currently living in our emergency accommodation, B&Bs and self-catering accommodation as their children return to school. We are delighted that Dan and his family are joining us for this initiative and we are so grateful for their continuing support. In the past twelve months alone, Dan has raised more than €50,000 in support of Good Shepherd Cork.” Commenting on the upcoming #Homerun initiative, Dan Sweeney said: “With the impact of Covid-19, this year’s back-to-school period will be more difficult than ever. #Homerun will help raise much needed funds to reduce the stress on families who are homeless as they prepare their children for the return to school. I’m excited to be part of this initiative and I trust that the people of Cork will come together, as they always do, to help support our most vulnerable community members during this very difficult time.”