Wednesday 16 January 2019

Pilgrims walk for homeless

The plight of homelessness will be highlighted by 10 pilgrims during a charity walk tomorrow.

Funds to feed Dublin's most vulnerable will also be collected during the eighth annual walk in aid of the Capuchin Day Centre.

The centre provides 2,100 hot dinners, 1,000 food parcels, and 900 breakfasts or lunches each week -- costing e50,000 a month.

This time volunteers and staff will on rely on the kindness of others for drinks, snacks and encouragement as they walk from Glendalough to Dublin.

Staff member Paddy Pender said: "The purpose of the walk is to raise awareness about the problem of homelessness.

"It is hard to believe that such a service as this is still essential in the 21st century, but the numbers attending for help are increasing at a phenomenal rate."

For more than 30 years the Capuchin Day Centre, run by the Irish Capuchin Franciscan Order, has cared for the capital's homeless.

"The clients come from every part of Ireland, and further afield," Ms Pender said.

The group will leave the Sally Gap at 1pm and arrive at the Capuchin Friary, Church Street, Dublin, for a Gospel Mass at 7pm.


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