Depaul’s Raft Race Against Homelessness is back and raising awareness for youth homelessness in Ireland
Depaul’s Raft Race Against Homelessness is happening this June 23rd at Grand Canal Dock in Dublin. The raft race will see teams of four take to the water to power their rafts around a course on The Grand Canal.
This year, the Raft Race which is in its eight year running, aims to raise much needed awareness about young people living in homelessness. The number of young adults in emergency homeless accommodation in Ireland has almost doubled in the last six years.
Depaul’s Raft Race Against Homelessness is a fun evening out for colleagues and friends. There’s no prep required – just show up on the evening! Depaul provide the rafts, oars and life jackets, music, goodies and fun!
Each team will take part in two heats with winners going into the final and the team who wins will take home the Winners’ Cup. Entry per team of four is €400, all funds raised go towards supporting people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Depaul are committed to the prevention and eradication of homelessness in Ireland and as homeless figures amongst 18-24-year olds increase, the homeless charity are raising awareness of the escalating homeless crisis amongst this cohort.
In April, 1,246 18-24-year old’s were accessing homeless services – the highest number of young people in homelessness on record. In addition to this, there is an unknown number of young people currently experiencing ‘hidden homelessness’, yet to present to homeless services and unable to access stable and affordable accommodation in Ireland suitable for their needs.
Peter’s Place in Dublin, is one of 37 services operated nationwide by Depaul. The youth focused service offers 35 accommodation places for young people experiencing homelessness. The service was originally set up as a temporary support accommodation centre for 18-35-year old’s exiting homelessness but many are staying longer because of a lack of affordable accommodation available in Ireland.
Speaking ahead of the Raft Race, Dermot Murphy, Director of Services & Development at Depaul said: “We’re working to end youth homelessness on a national scale, to give vulnerable young people a future. Suitable, stable and secure accommodation is central to achieving better outcomes for this age groups group. But there is nowhere for them to go and we have seen less move on this year compared to last.”
“18-25 year olds in homelessness are in crisis and being denied a decent start in life and of all age groups, they are most vulnerable and least likely aware of their rights. Depaul services like Peter’s Place are essential in giving young people a decent chance at creating a future.”
Mr.Murphy added: “The funds we raise through Depaul’s Raft Race will help us support homeless people across all age groups and demographics and help us to increase capacity, services and sustainability in these extremely challenging times. Each year, Depaul supports thousands of people experiencing homelessness and helping hundreds to move on. Thank you everyone taking part this year as your support will help us to make a real difference to the lives of many more men, women and children.”