Employees of workplace services provider Sodexo Ireland have raised €17,000 for the annual Shine a Light Night, the national fundraiser organised by its charity partner, Focus Ireland. The funds raised by Sodexo will be used to cover the overall costs of providing 750 nutritious meals at the charity’s coffee shop in Dublin city centre.
On Shine a Light Night, a team of employees from all over Ireland joined managing director David Fox to spend the night outdoors in the Wicklow mountains.
The leadership and culinary teams within Sodexo also organised bake sales and other activities throughout the country to boost the fundraising efforts.
Operating 365 days a year, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, the Focus Ireland coffee shop ensures people affected by homelessness with no access to hot meals can be catered for in a safe, secure and welcoming environment.
Focus Ireland takes great care in designing its coffee shop menus to make sure healthy, balanced, and nutritious meals are provided for its customers. The meals are heavily subsidised with fundraising from companies like Sodexo, with meat and vegetarian/vegan options offered.
David Fox, managing director, Sodexo UK & Ireland said: “Shine a Light Night is a valuable reminder of what some individuals and families must face every single day in Ireland. Thank you so much to all our volunteers, our clients and our suppliers for their support, it just wouldn’t have been possible without them. As an organisation, we are committed to enhancing the capacity and capabilities of our charity partners to help create equity for all.”
Focus Ireland is the leading not-for-profit working to prevent people becoming, remaining or returning to homelessness. Every year, thousands of people in cities, towns and communities nationwide volunteer to sleep out for one night and raise funds.
Aisling Nolan, head of partnerships and philanthropy at Focus Ireland, said “Thank you to Sodexo for raising funds for our coffee shop, which delivers vital services on so many levels. It provides nutritious meals to support a person’s physical health and well-being, keeps them connected to services and supports social interaction. Providing such a service is only possible with the support of companies like Sodexo.”