DUNDALK SIMON COMMUNITY APPEALS TO COMPANIES NOT TO SEND CHRISTMAS CARDS
Tenth annual ‘HOUSE OF CARDS’ appeal aims to raise €800,000 for Homeless
The Simon Communities of Ireland has launched its tenth ‘House of Cards’ Christmas appeal, encouraging Irish businesses to make donations to Simon instead of sending corporate Christmas cards. In return, businesses get their logo or title within one of two full page newspaper ads. The money raised will be used to develop long term housing options throughout the county including Dundalk.
To date the Appeal has raised over €3.5 million and this year Simon hopes to raise €800,000 which will support those most in need this Christmas. Many companies have already pledged their support for the 2008 campaign.
“The House of Cards Appeal is a vital part of Simon’s fundraising calendar each year,” said Lorraine Hackett, House of Cards Appeal Co-ordinator. “Homelessness continues to be a serious problem in Ireland, with over 5,000 people across the country having no place to call home. By not sending corporate cards, participating companies can make a genuine difference to people’s lives this Christmas.
She continued: “Last year, over 180 Irish companies contributed to the Simon ‘House of Cards’ appeal. The money raised helped us to offer shelter to thousands of people across Ireland, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”
Dundalk Simon works at preventing homelessness through the provision of housing and support.
Simon has a vision of a society where no one is homeless. By an end to homelessness Simon means: nobody sleeping rough, nobody living in emergency accommodation for longer than is an emergency and nobody becoming homeless because of a lack of appropriate services.
To find out more about taking part in the House of Cards Appeal, contact Lorraine Hackett at the Dublin Simon Community, 01- 671 5551.