All In a Row - Helping Homeless - The 500km Liffey Challange
All in a Row - Helping Homeless - The 500km Liffey Challange
On November 26th, for the first time ever, the vibrant boating community on the Liffey came together to raise funds for a very worthy cause. Rowing, kayak & canoe clubs along with private rowing boat owners endured a 10 hour row / paddle to raise money for Focus Ireland, who work tirelessly to alleviate homelessness in Ireland.
The rowing event tookplace from the newly named "Tom Clarke Bridge" (formerly East Link bridge) to Heuston station bridge & to the Grattan Bridge on low tide from 8.00am and continued until 6.00pm.
Some background to Focus Ireland:
Focus Ireland is a national housing and homelessness charity.
Our vision is to end homelessness. We work to achieve this in the following ways;
I. Blocking the avenues into homelessness for those most at risk (prevention).
II. Restoring skills and confidence of those experiencing homelessness so they can move on, and back into stable, secure living (homeless services).
III. Ensuring there is enough safe and suitable housing for those who need it (housing initiatives).
IV. Lobbying government to change policies and society to protect people from becoming homeless in the first place.
In 2015, Focus Ireland helped over 12,500 people, an increase of almost 9% on 2014. They currently run over 70 different services nationwide. Their work includes back to work education, tenancy sustainment, along with advice and support to help people move on from homelessness.