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New campaign asks people to give up the price of a pint for homeless families

The money will be used to help people living in emergency accommodation.

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A NEW CAMPAIGN is asking people to donate five euro to help homeless families this Christmas.

#5GiveAFiver and St Vincent de Paul (SVP) are aiming to raise €5,000 for families and children in emergency accommodation in Dublin.

There are currently more than 1,000 families in emergency accommodation in the capital.

The fundraising effort is asking people to give up the cost of a pint or burrito for a good cause.

In November alone SVP’s East Region (Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow) received approximately 10,000 calls, which is an increase of 7% on the same period last year. Similar trends are being experienced in different parts of the country.

Sarah Dunne, director of #5GiveAFiver, said: “We are facing a homeless crisis on a scale not seen before in Dublin and across the rest of the country. How insignificant can €5 sometimes be? It’s the price of a drink and scarily enough the price of a coffee in some places.

But what if we all donated a fiver to SVP this Christmas? What if you and five of your friends sacrificed your next pint in the pub or next coffee to donate €5 to those in desperate need of your help?

“What if those five friends passed on the challenge? It would make a difference. It won’t solve the entire problem but it would help give a child a Christmas. Who is to say your fiver won’t make a difference?”

More information on the campaign can be read here.

Read: The vow to end homelessness by Christmas? Not going to happen

Read: ‘I have never seen anything like this’: Homelessness in Galway hits crisis point

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