Mayo Dancers Sleep out for Homeless
Irish Construction workers aim to put a roof over homeless in Manchester
Two Irish Dancers with Mayo roots in Ballyhaunis, Sean and Brendan Hester from the Reel Rhythm Irish Dance group are part of a voluntary organisation in Manchester called ‘Roofless Reach Out’ that is trying to help the homeless in Manchester on a weekly basis.
Each week the brothers are part of a team of volunteers who take to the streets of Manchester on a Wednesday night from 7.30pm to 9.30pm, to distribute hot and cold food, warm clothes and toiletries (donated by families and companies working in the city).
During the day Brendan and his brother work for the Irish Construction called ‘Chartrange’ and during the weekends help out with the charity. “We get to see first-hand what the homeless in Manchester are going through and try and do a little bit to alleviate their problems.”
As part of fundraising drive for the charity the brothers are involved in the Roofless Reachout sponsored ‘sleep out’ on Saturday 18th February in Piccadilly gardens, they will only be allowed the clothes they are wearing, 1 sleeping bag and one pillow. No mobiles phones and no money are allowed in the event or any of the everyday items most people take for granted.
When asked about why they are doing it Sean Hester replied “We are doing it to raise awareness to the broader communities in Manchester and to experience what a homeless person has to go through on a daily basis. The funds that we raise are for future provisions for the homeless, this might be to provide a night in a shared room or to help acquire a long term tenancy. We are all just one step away from being made homeless and we just want to try and do our bit to help.”
Tony Hennigan from Mayo Manchester added "It is great to see two young lads doing their bit to help people less fortunate than themselves in finding time in their very busy lives to volunteer their time to help the homeless in Manchester."
To help support the sponsored ‘Sleep Out’ or the charity in general by donating time or provisions visit their facebook page ‘Roofless Reach Out.’
Provisions such as Bottled water, Juice/cordial , Warm clothes (hats/gloves), Tea bags/ coffee can be brought down to Piccadilly Gardens.
The easiest way of contributing is to get in touch we myself via Facebook, or via our Roofless Reach Out Facebook page,
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