On Wednesday, 17th October after weeks of planning, the Donor Care Team’s Donor Appreciation event was held in Wood Quay. Taking place in a meeting room overlooked by a stretch of original Viking city wall, the evening was hosted by Brian Ingarfield and designed to take supporters on a journey through our services. It began with a presentation by Barbara and Ellen from the Rough Sleeper Team as they shared vital statistics on homelessness as well as information on how our Outreach Services provide support and help clients to access services. This was reinforced by Tom who spoke about his participation in the Soup Run and underlined how essential donor’s support is in order to keep services running.
After this, Glenn Gannon took to the stage to talk about his experiences of rough sleeping, followed by Terry who spoke frankly about his own struggles with homelessness. Each in turn then explained how the Simon Community helped them along the way which created a tangible picture for donors how their support has real life results.
Following this, Donal read his poem ‘Off the Road’ from the most recent volume of Scrappy But Happy:
Having largely settled in a community, by now, one
complete advantage is stability. To have a fairly
good idea where one will be, from one day to the
next, is nothing short of miraculous, at times!
The evening ended with some closing comments from Sam with many of the attendees stayed around afterwards for tea, coffee and sandwiches which were kindly provided by Morton’s. A number of the guests were inspired by what they had seen that evening and many were keen to get involved with volunteering. The next day one of the attendees wrote to us:
“In response to my attendance at last night’s event in the Wood Quay venue, I feel impelled to write with my reaction to it…afterward I felt so humbled having witnessed the bravery of the three clients who spoke with us – to stand before the crowd and tell their individual stories was immensely courageous and moved and educated me.”
In the end, the event was a great opportunity for our supporters, not just to speak with our clients and staff, but also to meet each other and experience the sense of community that Dublin Simon Community fosters.
Brian Davey, Donor Care Team