The Halpin’s Café staff raised over double their target in their sleepout in Wicklow Town in aid of The Simon Community last Friday night.
Having set a target of €1000, the staff raised a sum of €2171 towards helping the local homeless.
The weather conditions on the night were far from ideal with strong winds and heavy rain the dominating elements, but this did not deter the local café staff from achieving their objectives.
The staff braved the elements and took to the streets outside Bank of Ireland to follow through on their promise to sleepout overnight all in the aim of supporting the homeless.
Halpins staff member Melanie Downes was delighted with how the fundraiser went and was grateful for the mass support the café received from the community in Wicklow.
“We were constantly told that we probably couldn’t have picked a worse night to do the sleepout with the heavy rain and winds, but the way we look at it is homeless people don’t get to choose what night they stay out or not, so we thought the same thing.
“The few of us that stayed out until 6am on Saturday morning were overwhelmed by the support we received from the local community. From cars beeping the horns in support, the chippers feeding us and people making sure we had dry clothes, it was fantastic and for that we thank the people of Wicklow.
“The final figure raised for The Simon Community was €2171 when our target was €1000. Due to the overwhelming success, we are looking into making it an annual event in our calendar, but maybe in the summer when the weather is a bit better,” joked Downes.
Downes concluded – “All of us at Halpins Café would like to thank the people of Wicklow for their their kindness and support in donating to a worthy cause.