Bohs’ new strip supports work of homeless charity

by Gazette Reporter

Bohemian FC will use its first season in the top flight of the Women’s National League to help raise awareness for Dublin’s homeless.

The Bohs’ home and away jerseys will display the logo of Inner City Helping Homeless (ICHH), a volunteer-run outreach charity which champions the cause and highlight the plight of those left behind by society in Dublin City.

ICHH volunteers run daily and nightly outreach services for those forced to sleep rough on Dublin’s streets, providing food and drink, hygiene products and clothing, as well as advice for those seeking shelter.
ICHH director Anthony Flynn said: “Homelessness has been and continues to be a scourge on our society – we need radical reforms and changes to secure proper housing provision. Bohemians’ efforts allow us to shine a light on homelessness.

“This is another fantastic initiative by Bohemians, who have used their platform to highlight inequality within the LGBTQ community, direct provision and now homelessness.”

Bohemians finally kicked off the 2020 season, which was due to start in March but postponed due to Covid-19, with an away game against Wexford Youths at Ferrycarrig Park last Saturday.

The club’s commercial director Daniel Lambert said: “The work done by ICHH throughout the city is invaluable. They are a lifeline for the most vulnerable people in our society – those with no place to call home.

“We are proud as a club to use our name and profile to raise awareness on societal and human rights issues which impact upon us all. In this case, several of our club members and a board member have actively volunteered with ICCH and see first hand the challenges faced by people forced to sleep on our streets.

“We also work, mainly through the Bohemian Foundation, with people with visual impairments, children in disadvantaged schools, people in prison, people in Direct Provision, people with mental disabilities and with older people.  

“First and foremost, we are a football club. But it is as important that we have a net positive impact on our communities too.”

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