Just do it, for homelessness

Image supplied courtesy of Threshold.

National housing charity Threshold is calling on women of all ages to walk, run or jog in this year’s Mini-Marathon on behalf of Threshold to raise vital funds to make a difference for families facing homelessness.

Every four minutes, Threshold receives a call from someone experiencing a housing problem and the number of calls to Threshold is expected to increase this year.

Commenting on Threshold’s latest fundraising appeal, CEO John Mark McCafferty said “Last year Threshold’s expert housing advisors responded to 73,526 calls from individuals, families and older couples, which demonstrates the huge and rising demand for Threshold’s homeless prevention services in Ireland right now. Every day, Threshold’s housing advisors are responding to 306 calls to our Helpline. In 2017 alone, Threshold helped 2,000 families, including 3,080 children, to remain in their homes.”

Fundraising Manager Cora Ó Liatháin is hoping that the event will attract even more support than before. “This fundraising appeal comes against a backdrop of Threshold dealing with the highest number of calls from clients since its foundation 40 years ago. The vital funds raised through events such as the Mini Marathon will help us to continue our work to save nine families a day from homelessness.”

Cora added: “We would urge everyone who is interested in taking part to get registered and to consider joining #TeamThreshold to help us raise vital funds to continue our homeless prevention work. By taking part in Threshold’s national fundraising drive, women will be showing solidarity with people at risk of becoming homeless. Women of all fitness levels and none are welcomed to join with Team Threshold on Sunday June 3rd. Whether you choose to walk, jog or run you can help Threshold to make a real difference in the lives of people at risk of homelessness. Anyone interested in joining #TeamThreshold this year contact Jean on 1890 43 44 45 or email fundraising@threshold.ie, to avail of T-shirts and fundraising materials.”