Highlighting the homeless plight

Mayor Andrew McGuinness and his dog Roxy came to lend support to the volunteers camping for 12 hours outside Kilkenny City Hall to raise awareness of homelessness and funds for Amber and the Good Shephard. Photo: Pat Moore.
13 hardy souls braved the elements on Monday night and camped out outside the Town Hall to raise awareness and money for the homeless in the city and county.

13 hardy souls braved the elements on Monday night and camped out outside the Town Hall to raise awareness and money for the homeless in the city and county.

The novel fundraiser was the brainchild of Callan woman Valerie Kelly who is studying Social Care at the Waterford Institute of Technology.

The funds raised will be split between two local charities, The Good Shepherd Centre and Amber Women’s Refuge who both provide shelter and assistance for homeless people.

“We had a great response from the public and thankfully the weather was mild. We camped out from 7pm to 7am on Tuesday morning and when we were leaving the rain started to fall. The account is open until next Monday so we are hoping that people will continue to donate what they can for this very worthy cause,” she said.

Anyone wishing to donate to Project Homeless Kilkenny can do so by lodging at Allied Irish Bank on High Street - sort code: 93 31 98, account number 49388004.