If you’ve ever dreamed of being a Viking for a day then look no further — Vikings actor Moe Dunford is searching high and low for someone to join him on set as part of a charity drive to tackle homelessness.
The Dungarvan man is giving one lucky fan the chance to spend a day as an extra on the popular TV show and has also promised a behind-the-scenes tour of Ashford Studios in Wicklow.
“If someone wants to be an extra they can, or if they want to hang around with me for the day, I’ll literally walk them around the set, show them the armoury, show them the hair and make-up, get them to meet the cast,” said Dunford. “I’ll even piggy back them around the set if they want!”
The actor is offering the prize in a bid to raise money for Focus Ireland.
Prospective entrants are asked to donate to the charity via the actor’s fundraising website.
The competition forms part of a larger drive by Focus Ireland called the Shine a Light campaign, where various public figures and business leaders raise money for the cause, followed by an all-night sleep-out.
Some 40 people, including Dunford, will be sleeping out in Cork City Gaol on October 16.
“Focus Ireland rang me and I jumped at the chance. It’s a worthy cause,” said Dunford. “I think it’s a disaster of a situation and it’s the number one concern right now in Ireland.”
Irish Examiner business reporter Peter O’Dwyer will also take part in the Cork fundraiser,while a sister event takes place on the same night at the Christchurch Catherdral in Dublin. Both events form part of Focus Ireland’s main annual corporate event which has raised more than €1m since 2012.
Dunford, currently in Dublin filming John Butler’s Handsome Devil with Andrew Scott and Amy Huberman, said he personally wants to raise more than €5,000 for the event, which is why he is offering the chance to become a Viking for a day in a bid to entice more donations. Since he announced the sweetener, the actor has raised more than €1,500. The overall campaign hopes to raise €500,000.
“The number of homeless has doubled since last year, since the death of Jonathan Corrie,” he said. “You’d think it would have lessened but it’s gone up. There’s over 5,000 people that are homeless, over 1,000 of those are kids.
“You don’t have to look very far in Cork or Dublin or Waterford, wherever you live, to see the state of things. But Ireland is such a small country that we can actually make a change.”
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