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Sponsored School Sleep In

On Friday 22nd March, the Transition Year students of St. Brigid's Presentation Secondary School in Killarney will stage a Sponsored School Sleep In, in order raise awareness of homelessness in Kerry.

The proceeds of this Sleep In will be divided between St. Vincent De Paul and Novas, a homeless charity based in Tralee.

This year the Transition Year students are participating in the Young St. Vincent De Paul Programme and have decided to focus on the social justice issue of homelessness, which is so prevalent in our society.

The students felt that there was a great deal of information and media coverage about homelessness in big cities for example Dublin and Cork, but that people didn't realise how it affects individuals and families in Kerry also.

Following a talk from Ronan Doherty of Novas,  the students learned that last Christmas there were 104 adults and 57 children homeless in Kerry. These figures startled them into action.

It is hoped the Sponsored School Sleep In will raise much needed awareness and funds to help those in need.