PICTURE OF THE WEEK: Call on transport sector across Ireland to sleep out in this year’s Shine A Light event with Focus Ireland & Bord Gáis Energy

A new study of 1,000 Irish workers reveals that 85% say they are more likely to consider a role in an organisation that supports a cause or charity and 81% feel is important that businesses encourage employees to engage in charitable activities. 

This research was released by Focus Ireland to launch the annual Shine A Light campaign. The annual sleep out takes place on October 13, and is proudly supported by Bord Gáis Energy. The campaign is calling on business leaders, companies, employees, and individuals to come together to kick start real change, by sleeping out against homelessness to help raise funds for Focus Ireland’s vital homeless services. According to the latest government figures, 1,804 families are in emergency accommodation as of June 2023. With the number of families becoming homeless increasing by 30% in the last year, there has never been a more important time to show your support.

The research also finds:

  • Workers believe that homelessness is the most pressing social issue at present.
  • 64% say taking part in charitable activities at work, positively impacts job satisfaction. 
  • 1 in 5 feel their employer does not prioritise charitable activities.

Bord Gáis Energy has supported Focus Ireland since 2015 and 2023 marks the fifth year of its sponsorship of Shine A Light. To date the partnership between Focus Ireland and Bord Gáis Energy has supported over 7,000 families experiencing homelessness or at risk of losing their home. In 2022, Bord Gáis Energy extended their partnership with Focus Ireland until 2025.

Business leaders are invited to lead by example and join a sleep out event at one of the following locations: Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork, Croke Park, Dublin and King John’s Castle, Limerick. Their businesses can get involved in Shine A Light by signing up through the Focus Ireland website shinealight.focusireland.ie and organising a sleep out at their workplace.

Focus Ireland and Bord Gáis Energy want to make this the biggest sleep out yet and are encouraging business leaders across Ireland to take it a step further by challenging their peers, colleagues, or friends to sleep out as part of Shine A Light. To nominate, share a post on LinkedIn tagging the people you want to nominate and encourage them to accept the challenge to sleep out. Use the hashtag #ShineALight and tag @FocusIreland and @BordGáisEnergy to spread the word and inspire others to get involved.

This year, Bord Gáis Energy would like to begin the challenge by calling on their fellow industry leaders to sleep out against homelessness and take part in Shine A Light 2023. To register to take part in the sleepout or find more information, please visit shinealight.focusireland.ie