Dublin explorer’s Sixty Snaps for Simon spread joy across the city

by Sylvia Pownall

A Dublin explorer is spreading joy across Dublin with a collection of photographs taken on his worldwide travels.

Vincent Butler launched his Sixty Photographs for Simon fundraiser to help the homeless charity last year.

Now he is sending his beautiful book of photographs to every nursing home across Ireland to spread some happiness during the pandemic.

The stunning collection of snaps were taken from his global voyages when he worked as a lecturer aboard the expedition cruise ship National Geographic Explorer.

Sharing a selection of the photos with our readers Vincent told Dublin Gazette: “I’ve been from the Arctic down to the Antarctic and taken a huge number of photos over the years.

“I couldn’t have done this without the An Post freepost to nursing homes. It would have cost e9 to send each one and that would have ruled it out.

“The feedback has been fantastic. I’m getting letters and cards from the residents in the homes. They’re all delighted with themselves.

“They are travelling to the Antarctic from the comfort of their armchair.”

In all some 25 countries are represented in a broad geographical sweep in the collection of pictures, from the Arctic to the Sahara desert, to the Antarctic.

The book was originally published in 2018 and is now being sent to more than 400 nursing homes across the country,

In the lead-up to Christmas Vincent launched a fundraiser with every €10 donation received resulting in a copy of the book being sent to a nursing home or a school.

He ultimately raised more than €12,000 – and now he’s aiming to send the album of photos to schools.

He revealed: “There are 678 schools in Dublin city and county in total, and I am hoping to generate enough funds to cover a donation of a copy of my book to every single one of them.

“My travels provided me with an opportunity to explore some of the most diverse locations in the world and to capture different geographies, wildlife, natural history and heritage.

“It would be a fantastic resource for teachers and students.”

To support the initiative, you can visit his website at vincentbutlerheritage.ie where you can donate on Vincent’s Simon Community page.

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