LIMERICK natives Cathal Byrne and Ben Burns have organised a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for those living homeless in Limerick.
As part of the fundraiser, they will be running a full marathon on the May Bank Holiday. Having never been involved in such an endeavour, the duo hope that this challenge will inspire others to donate to a worthy cause. They hope to raise some much needed support for two charities close to home, splitting the donations between ‘Help the Homeless Limerick’ and ‘Cliona’s foundation’.
Cathal and Ben noticed the incredible work being done by the ‘Help the Homeless
Limerick’ group during lockdown and wanted to contribute to the cause.
After the initial lockdown last March, the two volunteers took to the streets to help
their homeless friends. The volunteer group now consists of six members who, every
night on Gerald Griffin street, provide the homeless of Limerick with hot
meals, warm clothes and toiletries whilst also supporting local hostels.
Cathal and Ben also hope that their marathon will support Cliona’s
Foundation. The organisation, who have their offices in Limerick, provides financial assistance to parents of children with life limiting or chronic complex care needs. The charity also provides support from assisting with rent and utility bills to treating a sibling with a day out. As people are faced with increasing unemployment both temporary and permanent during the lockdown, this fundraiser hopes to support their fantastic work.
Further information can be found at https://www.gofundme.com/f/