IARNRÓD ÉIREANN HAS teamed up with Focus Ireland to launch a new campaign to raise vital funds to help more people to make it #homeforchristmas. Iarnrod Eireann will support the charity in a number of ways, including providing an innovative online option for the tens of thousands of people a week buying a rail ticket to donate €2 to Focus Ireland. Free advertising is also being provided in stations nationwide for Focus Ireland, along with allowing Christmas Choirs to fundraise for the charity at a number of stations across the country.
This is the second year of Iarnród Éireann’s partnership with Focus Ireland and it comes as there are now a record total of 9,698 people homeless in Ireland. With Christmas day just four weeks from today, it is worth noting that a shocking 3,829 children are homeless, that is a shocking rise of 705 children in just 12 months from September 2017 – September 2018, a rise of 23%.
The partnership was launched in Heuston Station today, November 27th, by the CORus choir, who brought a bit of early festive cheer to commuters. The members of the choir preformed under a poster which states the shocking fact;
‘One family becomes homeless every 8 hours in Ireland.’
‘We are committed to getting our customers home this Christmas, but with 9,698 people homeless across Ireland we know there are men, women and children who will not have a home for Christmas.’ Said Iarnród Éireann Corporate Communications Manager, Barry Kenny.