A special thank you to everyone for supporting Dublin Simon Community’s 2020 Longest Day campaign #StretchForSimon and helping to raise essential funds for people experiencing homelessness in Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow, Meath, Louth, Cavan and Monaghan.

It’s not too late to support us. By making a donation you can have a lasting impact on our services, helping us to respond to the current crisis and ensuring people have the support they so vitally need.

A huge THANK YOU to Folens for supporting Dublin Simon Community’s Longest Day campaign #StretchForSimon and helping to raise essential funds for people experiencing homelessness in Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow, Meath, Louth, Cavan and Monaghan.

When you have no home, every day feels like the longest day.

This June 20th is Ireland’s Summer Solstice – the longest day of the year. For many of us, the long, bright stretch in the evenings means having more time to do things.

For people living in homelessness, these extra hours of sunshine are just more time to fill until it gets dark enough to sleep. More time to worry, more time to feel sad, more time to feel alone.

At Dublin Simon Community, our frontline workers are safeguarding our clients through these especially long days. By providing supported accommodation, healthy food, key-working, counselling, medical treatment and physically distant social activities, they are making sure no one feels they are facing these challenging times on their own.

This longest day we are calling on you to “Stretch for Simon” to show your support.

Stretch yourself with our Sun Salutations Challenge

This June 20th, why not stretch yourself by taking on the 108 sun salutations challenge?

Many in the yoga community celebrate the longest day of the year and aim to reach the milestone of 108 sun salutations on or before that day.

Whether you’ve mastered these poses already or see this as a challenging new opportunity, you can tailor this challenge to suit your experience level.

You can get friends and family to sponsor your challenge by using the Everyday Hero online fundraising platform, make a donation for your participation, or just take part to mark the occasion and help raise awareness.

We will also be providing a whole range of online classes by professional instructors who can guide your practice.

Stretch with us by joining one of our online yoga classes

We are teaming up with a number of yoga instructors to provide a range of virtual yoga classes for this year’s Longest Day. Classes cost €10 each, with all funds raised going to support people experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Registered participants will receive a private video link via email closer to the day.

More classes will become available over the next few weeks, so make sure to keep an eye on this page for updates!

Stretch your imagination by inventing your own challenge

You can invent your own “stretch” challenge, specially tailored to you. This might be meditating for a long time, running a virtual marathon, or even going a day without talking! Anything that’s a stretch for you will do, it really can be anything! Set your challenge, spread the word and fundraise among your friends and family.

You can set up your preferred platform to collection donations (e.g. Facebook or EveryDayHero). Or, if you want to live stream your challenge, decide which platform suits you best (e.g. Zoom or Instagram live).

For any idea big or small, please get in touch with us today at katekavanagh@dubsimon.ie or  stevenshort@dubsimon.ie. We would love to hear from you.

Stretch with your colleagues!

If you and your colleagues would like to get involved in the Longest Day, register as a “corporate” via the Primo link or email partnerships@dubsimon.ie

You can participate as a team in any of the above options – our Sun Salutations challenge, one of our yoga classes together or inventing your own challenge! Our Corporate Fundraising team will get in touch to help you organise the best challenge for you and your team.

Sponsorship opportunities, including title sponsorship of the campaign, are now available. For more information, please contact the Corporate Partnerships team a partnerships@dubsimon.ie or on 01 671 5551.

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