Today, on this fine Christmas Day, I won’t be eating a thing.
No turkey, no ham, no spuds, no cake, no Roses... not even gravy – delicious, delicious gravy.
You name it, I won’t be eating it.
Why, you ask?
Today I am fasting, from midnight yesterday to midnight tonight, in order to raise money for Focus Ireland.
Our office is just two doors down from where Jonathan Corrie tragically lost his life two years ago. And for the majority of us in Dublin and Ireland it’s impossible not to notice the homeless crisis gripping the city every day.
I undertook this same fast two years ago but I didn’t think I’d be doing it again so soon.
As the country has slowly recovered, this crisis has only reached new lows – and so this is my tiny way of trying to help.
Unsurprisingly I’ve had my sanity questioned many times when people find out I’m doing this.
That’s the reaction I was hoping for, in previous years it’s lead people to donate as they contemplate tucking into their own Christmas dinner, and I hope it does the same this year.
What's happening in Apollo House today and the ever-growing Home Sweet Home movement have brought the crisis front and centre in the conscious of our nation once again.
No one can ignore what is happening.
But in a few months when it has slipped from our thoughts, Focus will be there carrying out the same great services they always have. From the vast majority of money donated to Focus, some 89%, goes directly to providing services to the homeless.
And it’s for this reason that I chose them to be the charity for which I fasted this year.
You can donate directly to Focus Ireland here.
Enjoy your dinners, and Merry Christmas.