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Saddle up for Dublin Simon Community

Dublin Simon Community fundraising

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Dublin Simon Community is calling on students across the city to get on their bikes for the upcoming Simon Spin Challenge, which will take place on Friday April 21st on Grafton Street from 11am to 7pm. It’s a great way to keep fit and help raise vital funds for a great cause – Dublin Simon Community provides services to 3,500 people in Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow and Meath who are homeless or at risk of losing their home.

The aim of the challenge is to raise €10,000 in eight hours, with teams from various colleges and universities around Dublin pedalling stationary bikes throughout the day. The money raised will fund Dublin Simon Community’s programme to support people with experience of being homeless to rebuild their lives and return to education.

“The journey from homelessness to a home is much more than putting a roof over somebody’s head. We are encouraging students help create opportunities for future students,” said Sam McGuinness from Dublin Simon Community. “The money raised will go towards our grant scheme to help people who have experienced homelessness get an education. The grant will remove barriers for people accessing third level and will help with the costs associated with pursuing third level education, be it fees, books or travel costs.”

On the day, students will compete in a ‘Battle of the Colleges’. Each team member (teams will consist of eight people) will cycle for two hours in total, and the team that travels the furthest and raises the most money will win some sought after prizes. Spot prizes will also be given out on the day for a range of extra challenges. If cycling isn’t your thing, you can still help out by collecting funds on the day for your team.

For those interested in taking part, email Grace Allen at [email protected] or phone the fundraising team on 01 671 5551.

When not writing about all things personal finance, You & Your Money's editor Conor Forrest enjoys reading, football and getting lost in an ocean of Wikipedia articles.