Dublin Simon Community announced as official charity partner of LEON

by Rachel Darcy

A new restaurant that recently opened it’s doors in Temple Bar have announced Dublin Simon Community as their official charity partner.

LEON, who opened the first of 20 planned restaurants on Crown Alley last month, will work with Dublin Simon to raise funds and awareness surrounding the current homeless crisis in the capital and across the country.

LEON will work with Dublin Simon Community to raise funds and awareness to combat the homeless crisis in Ireland.

Managing Director of LEON Ireland, Stuart Fitzgerald, said: “The Dublin Simon Community is an organisation that shares our values of inclusiveness and kindness.

“We are announcing our partnership during Dublin’s most vibrant and inclusive celebration, Pride, to shine a light on homelessness and social exclusion in the LGBTQ+ community in Ireland. Pride is an opportunity for people of all backgrounds to celebrate love, togetherness, openness and kindness.

“It’s also an opportunity to recognise that Ireland’s deepening homeless crisis is the glaring counterpoint to our economic recovery. We hope that in a small way LEON can help support the work of the Dublin Simon Community.”

As part of the new initiative, LEON will be offering 25c off any tea or coffee to customers who use a Keep Cup, with 25c being donated to Dublin Simon Community for every tea or coffee served in a Keep Cup also throughout the year.

On Dublin Pride weekend – this weekend – LEON will have a special Pride breakfast deal where customers can get any porridge pot, egg pot or muffin along with tea or coffee for just €5.50, with 15% of sales going to Dublin Simon Community. Additionally, across the whole weekend, 15% of all LOVe Burger sales will also go to the charity.

Brian Ingarfield from Dublin Simon Community said: “On behalf of Dublin Simon Community and the people who rely on our services we would like to thank LEON and their customers for supporting us and launching this exciting partnership at Dublin Pride 2019.

“Community, respect and empowerment are core values of our organisation and across our services we aim to provide people with a sense of involvement, inclusion and belonging from the minute they arrive at our door.

“As we continue to see people turning to us for help, the support from LEON and their customers is increasingly vital as we help people move to a safe and secure place, they can call home.”

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