Over 2,000 runners, walkers and joggers of all ages hit the pavement for homes in the Phoenix Park on Saturday to race against the homeless crisis.
Concerned Simon supporters from across Dublin and beyond, took part in the Dublin Simon Community’s Home Run to stand in solidarity with those who are being devastated by the homeless crisis and raise vital funds to help provide homes.
Speaking on the day Sam McGuinness from the Dublin Simon Community said: “It’s fantastic to see such a great turn out today and highlights the level of concern that the public have for all the adults, children and families who are being traumatised by homelessness.
“This is a really important fundraiser for us and the funds raised by our supporters will enable us to provide accommodation, health care and supports to those who are relying on us each day. We can’t thank people enough for helping us to rebuild the lives of those who have been so heavily impacted by this crisis.”
There was also plenty of fun on the day for participants and families with live music, food, face painting from the 98FM Thunders and the Deutsche Bank Kids Zone.
After the race one of the lucky runners was presented with a signed platinum Coldplay album for taking part in the Simon Home Run.
This is the 34th year of the event which was formerly called the Simon 5 Mile.
“As we come into our 34th year of the Simon 5 Mile, the homeless situation is the worst we have ever seen. There is a need and an urgency to not only raise essential funds but to show solidarity with the thousands adults and children who are, as we speak, trapped in the despair of homelessness. We a need a change in direction…we must do more!
“To do this, we’ve changed this year’s event to the Simon Home Run.”
Dublin Simon Community provide services to over 3,500 people in Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow and Meath who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.