Thousands gather in Phoenix Park to race against the homeless epidemic

Over 2,000 people turned out this morning for the Dublin Simon Community's Home Run.

Runners, walkers and joggers gathered in the Phoenix Park shortly before 10am this morning to take part in the organisation's 34th Home Run event.

Sam McGuinness from the Dublin Simon Community was delighted with today's turnout.

He said: "It’s fantastic to see such a great turn out today, it 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.”

Dublin Simon Community provides services to over 3,500 people in Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow and Meath who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Dublin's Phoenix Park where 2,000 people turned out for Simon Community's Home Run.

Related Articles

Cork City FC back ‘Rebel Sleep Out’ in aid of homeless

Peter McVerry Trust opens new homeless services in Dublin

Homeless families no longer prioritised for social housing

Major concerns for homeless people as cold snap draws near

More in this Section

We must guard against people interfering in elections, says Taoiseach

Man, 70, admits sexually assaulting 80-year-old man on rural Clare bus

Taoiseach: Sinn Féin's Máire Devine should face same punishment as Barry McElduff

Watch: Taoiseach defends Communications Unit ahead of SF motion calling for closure

Today's Stories

Working poor rise despite economic recovery

Immigrant students more likely to be bullied

Brexit fallback deal on border is ‘legally firm’

Charlie Flanagan to discuss laundries report with Ombudsman


New father’s life ‘changed forever’ after he was run over by surgeon

The biggest cancer killer will take your breath away

Hopefully she had an idea...

Power of the press: Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks discuss 'The Post'

More From The Irish Examiner