The students of Lucan Community College’s Amnesty group are participating in a 12 hour “sleep out” from 8pm on Friday April 17th till 8am on Saturday 18th. The aim is to bring to light the issue of homelessness both in Ireland and abroad. As this is a sponsored event, funds will be raised to donate to Amnesty International, who campaigns for human rights in Ireland and worldwide.
The students will be taking part in the “give it up” campaign that Amnesty is running. Not only are the students giving up their beds, but they are also giving up the use of technology for twelve hours. During these twelve hours, the thirty students participating will be scattered around the outdoor courtyard, to give them a realistic view of what sleeping rough is like. The students will be limited to what they can bring, necessities like warm clothing and a sleeping bag being their priority.
“This is about more than raising money, it’s about raising awareness” says Amy Cassidy, a fourth year member of the school’s Amnesty International group. Students have visited 1st year classes to educate them about the issue of homelessness. Students of the Amnesty group, have invited journalists, photographers and a number of public representatives to come to the school between 8pm and 9 pm to publicize the event and highlight the issue of homelessness. The college is extremely proud of the students and the work they are doing under the leadership of teachers Ms McCarthy and Ms O’Gara to highlight this important issue.