Fundraising for Focus Ireland – Shine a Light Night

Our CEO led the way for Impact Week – making an impact that matters for the homeless crisis in Ireland. #impactthatmatters

During a year when most charities had at least one annual fundraiser cancelled due to the restrictions and public health guidelines, we wanted to make a big impact on the fight against homelessness. Our CEO, Harry Goddard, and five of our partners participated in the Focus Ireland Shine a Light Night sleep out.

As a society, we are facing significant challenges around housing and homelessness. According to Focus Ireland (2021) there are 8,082 people homeless in Ireland, 2,193 of those people are children. Since the COVID-19 public health emergency in March 2020, Focus Ireland has moved 531 families and 1,146 children out of homelessness nationwide.

Given these stark figures and the fact that homelessness consistently comes up with our people as an important cause to support, it was an easy decision for our senior leadership to get involved in the Shine a Light Night sleep out and they embraced it enthusiastically.

The Friday before Impact Week, a group of five partners, along with CEO, Harry Goddard, took part in the Focus Ireland Shine a Light Night. On a cold and dark evening after a day of work, the group took to the Earlsfort Terrace carpark in our Dublin office to sleep out under the stars in an effort to raise as much money and awareness as possible to help fight homelessness.

There was a huge sense of connection and community as CEO’s and senior leaders across the country slept out. At a time when coming together and community meant more than ever, it brought the Deloitte community closer, aligned to one purpose for the night - to raise as much money as possible for Focus Ireland.

With generous donations from our people and the wider Deloitte family and community, a phenomenal €63,000 was raised for Focus Ireland. To put that into context, the money raised has supported thirty-eight families with intensive case management for six months to ensure they move out of homelessness – that is a life-changing impact that matters.

In total, over €100,000 was raised for charities working to fight homelessness during the course of the year.

Claire Bergin

Corporate Responsibility Lead