Student-led initiative Voice for the Voiceless (V4V) ran Trinity’s first Homelessness Awareness Week from March 12th to 16th in association with Trinity Vincent DePaul. On Tuesday V4V hosted a presentation from Focus Ireland and a former member of the homeless community about underlying issues. On Wednesday, Fr. Peter McVerry of the Peter McVerry Trust chaired a public discourse in the Graduate Memorial Building which included an input by Tony Geoghegan of the Merchant's Quay Centre. The week culminated with a debate chaired by Senator David Norris, between Trinity’s three main political party societies (Labour, Fine Gael, and Fianna Fáil) who had worked on policy proposals to eradicate homelessness throughout the week.
Drives to collect items that are in high demand among people experiencing homelessness but that people don’t often think to donate, such as back-packs and toiletries, were also held, as well as a volunteering activity at the Lighthouse homelessness service on Pearse St.. Many thanks to all those who helped to make the Awareness Week such a huge success!
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