The Street Children/Homeless project has been running for over 16 years. Unfortunately, the demand now is bigger than it has ever been. The project has grown to meet demand and aim to help anyone who is homeless.
There were 8,270 people homeless across Ireland at the end of August 2017. This figure includes adults and children with their families. Also, at the end of August 2017, there were over 811 young people (adults aged under 25) living in emergency homeless accommodation.
This represents an 18% increase from just one year before. Almost three-quarters of these young people live in Dublin. Lion Paddy Cahill has written to all Lions Clubs to request help with the annual appeal for project funds. The Street Children project works with various agencies around the entire island of Ireland to deliver essential items like sleeping bags, hat, scarves, rain gear etc. These include Tig Linn, Cork Penny Dinners, Focus Ireland and others. Also, this year, the project is launching a nationwide appeal requesting donations of knitted hats, snoods, scarves etc. as this would leave more money to spend on sleeping bags.
Lions are asked to spread the word requesting warm accessories as this would help hugely. Says Paddy: ‘Whether you can knit, crochet, ask friends to do same or purchase some for donation would make a tremendous difference‘.