The 7th Annual Business Leaders Sleepout event takes place tonight in aid of COPE Galway’s Homeless Services.

This is COPE Galway’s biggest and longest fundraising event of the year and will see 32 people from Galway’s business community sleeping rough for 12 hours from later this evening, to raise awareness about homelessness in Galway and help raise funds for COPE Galway’s Homeless Services.

COPE Galway’s most recent quarterly one day census identified a total of 195 adults and 221 children as living in emergency accommodation provided directly by COPE Galway and in private emergency accommodation such as hotels and B&Bs. Of this figure, 84 were families. There were also 27 people sleeping rough that night.

Sharon Fitzpatrick is the Head of Development with COPE Galway and told Midwest News today that the sleepout raises much needed funds and awareness of the current situation in Galway.

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