Shine a Light Night 2022
Focus Ireland’s Shine A Light Night, takes place on Friday, October 14th with WLR, proudly supported by Bord Gáis Energy. Business leaders, companies, schools, and people all over Ireland will be sleeping out in their homes, gardens, or workplaces. Everyone will come together virtually from their sleep-out location to raise vital funds and stand in solidarity with people experiencing homelessness.
We're getting involved and WLR's own Jayde Maher will be sleeping out on the night to help raise funds. If you'd like to show your support for those experiencing homelessness, you can also sign up to sleep out on shinealight.focusireland.ie.
You can also donate to our fundraising effort here.
It would be very much appreciated!
According to the latest government figures, over ten thousand people are currently in emergency accommodation, making this year’s sleep-out more important than ever.
Shine A Light Night is proudly supported by Bord Gáis Energy.
About Shine A Light Night
Shine A Light Night was launched in October 2012 where we invited business leaders to highlight homelessness. A total of 55 Irish business leaders participated and made the great effort to support this campaign by raising over €350,000 for Focus Ireland’s prevention services. Since the first sleep-out, we have received support from business leaders, companies, schools, and communities across Ireland, with over 100 business leaders, 400 corporate and 300 community supporters taking part last year to shine a light on homelessness by sleeping out for one night.
Since 2012, the homeless crisis has deepened. In May, we saw homelessness figures surpass 10,000, the highest figure recorded since before the pandemic due to a lack of affordable, secure housing in Ireland. Right now, there are 1,308 families, including 2,944 children without a home. These families can spend up to two years in a one-bedroom room in an emergency accommodation situation, which has a significant impact on mental health, self-esteem, and child development. However, homelessness would be much worse without the work of Focus Ireland. We are ending homelessness every day for families and individuals and our services are working hard to protect people who are currently homeless – especially children from the trauma caused by homelessness.