The Lucan Gospel Choir will be the final act at the Simon Community's Christmas Carolathon
The Lucan Gospel Choir will be the final act at the Simon Community's Christmas Carolathon

The Dublin Simon Community’s annual Christmas Carolathon kicks off on Grafton Street this afternoon.

The homeless and housing charity are calling on members of the public to take a break from their Christmas shopping and join in with some festive carol singing.

The Carolathon will take place in front of Dunnes Stores from 12.30pm today and will continue until tomorrow evening.

There will be plenty of entertainment throughout the day as there will be singing from the High Hopes Choir, the Lucan Gospel Choir and much more.

The cast members of the Gaiety Theatre Panto ‘Rapunzel’ will join the Carolathon at 5.30pm to help shake some buckets in aid of Dublin Simon Community and help bring some festive cheer to all of the participating choirs and singers.

This year’s event will take a break during the colder hours of the night. The music will stop at 1.30am and continue again from 8am on Saturday, 16 December.

The Christmas Carolathon unites hundreds of choirs, bands and musicians, as well as Dublin Simon Community volunteers, staff, supporters and clients with the one aim of lending their voice to help end homelessness.

The Carolathon is part of the homeless charity’s crucial fundraiser, the Sing for Simon Campaign, which runs for the first twenty four days of the December, and involves people taking to the streets, shopping centres and markets to carol sing across Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow and Meath.

Christmas is a vital time of the year for the various fundraising activities that the Dublin Simon Community have to offer, and they’re urging the public to show their support by joining at the Carolathon and supporting them this Christmas.