For the second year running, Sodexo supported Focus Ireland as part of its annual Shine a Light homelessness national fundraiser.

This year’s event took place on Friday 18th October. Thousands of people in cities, towns and communities nationwide volunteered to sleep out for one night to raise funds for the organisation, which is Ireland’s leading not-for-profit working to prevent people becoming, remaining or returning to homelessness.

Sodexo’s support was co-ordinated by Julianne Forrestal, executive craft development chef. Food, water and hot beverages were distributed at locations in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Waterford and Wexford. Suppliers who contributed included Glanbia Foods, Nestle Coffee, Pallas Foods and Unilever Foods.

Before she swapped her executive chair for a sleeping bag at the Business Leaders Sleep-out in the Law Society of Ireland’s outdoor space in Dublin, country president Julie Ennis dropped in to support the Sodexo crew at the Iveagh Gardens, one of the charity’s designated sleepout locations in the city centre.

Julie Ennis, country president, Sodexo Ireland, said: “It’s my first time to take part and it’s given me an insight into what some individuals and families must face every single day in Ireland. I want to thank our co-ordinator Julianne Forrestal for all the hard work she has put into making our involvement in this enormously worthwhile event such a success. Thank you so much to all our volunteers and our suppliers for their support, it just wouldn’t have been possible without them.”

At the sleepout in the Iveagh Gardens, Dublin, were Sodexo country president Julie Ennis with volunteers Celine Darcy, Cleidiane da Silva, Leila Tarazi, Sigitas Zubrickas, Julianne Forrestal, Liliane Anuda, and Anna Paula. Other employee volunteers in Dublin and around the country were Noel Reid, Eric Westby, John Core, Derek Donnelly, Adrian Nix and John Kidney.

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