FAQs

The Focus Ireland team are here to help with any questions or queries you might have about the sleep-out or your fundraising. If your question is not answered in the FAQs below, please do get in touch via email.

Registration

Is there a registration fee?

No, there is no registration fee for Shine A Light Night however, we encourage you to donate to your fundraising page to kick-start your fundraising.

How do I sign up?

You can choose to take part as an individual or team. Select your sleep-out option and click ‘Sign-up’. Follow the prompts and you are ready to take part!

 

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Can I take part as a team?

Yes absolutely – you can join or create a team when registering.

How to create a team?

Click ‘Sign-up’ and follow the prompts to fill out your individual information first. You will then be asked if you want to create or join a team. Follow the prompts to set up a team or search a team. Make sure you share your team page and invite friends or colleagues to join you.

How can I get my workplace/school/club involved?

The best way to get involved is to register as a team (by following the steps above) and do the sleep-out together. Fundraising as a team is also a lot easier than as an individual. 

If you are organising a corporate sleep-out, you can also ask your work to match the amount that you raise.

Fundraising

What is the best way to fundraise for Shine A Light Night?

We have prepared loads of useful resources to help you with your fundraising for #ShineALightNight. 

Download our guides below or e-mail us with any queries: shinealight@focusireland.ie

What if I don’t reach my target?

Your target is there to motivate you and we ask you to make every effort to achieve your goal to support our work in ending homelessness. We are so grateful for all your effort and the most important thing is that you give your virtual sleep-out and fundraising 110%!

I have reached my fundraising target – what do I do?

Well done on reaching your target and keep up the good work! You can easily increase your target on your fundraising page. When you log in, please go to your Dashboard and click on ‘Edit my Page’. You can change your fundraising target to the amount you choose and then click on ‘Update details’ to save your changes.

Can I fundraise as part of a team?

Yes absolutely! Your individual team members’ fundraising will be added to your team page and your supporters can also donate directly to your team.

How do I take donations for my Shine A Light Night sleep-out?

We work with a fundraising platform called Funraisin to help with our online fundraising. When you register for Shine A Light Night, a fundraising page will be created for you, and you can share your fundraising page with your supporters by email, WhatsApp, Facebook, and Twitter. Your supporters can click on the link and pay online to your page. Your supporters can also search for your fundraising page on https://joinus.focusireland.ie/


Someone donated offline to my sleep-out, what do I do?

Great news! You can add offline donations to your page. Go to your dashboard and head to 'My Donations', then click the 'Add Offline Donation' button. Complete the form or behalf of your sponsor to add your offline donation.

Alternatively, offline donations can be sent to Focus Ireland’s address below, please make sure you include your name and reference that your donation is for Shine A Light Night!

Focus Ireland – Shine a Light Night
9 – 12 High Street
Christchurch
Dublin 8

How will my sponsors know that I’ve completed the sleep-out?

We recommend taking lots of photos from throughout Shine A Light Night to share with your donors during and after the sleep-out. You can share updates on your fundraising page or share on your own social media channels.

Shine A Light Night – Friday 14 October 2022

Where can I sleep-out on Friday 14 October?

If you can, it is best to sleep-out outside and brave the elements for the night! If you do not have an outside place in your home or workplace, you can always sleep inside on your living room floor, office meeting room, or bedroom floor. Please ensure your sleep-out spot is safe and secure and you have access to bathroom facilities. Please ensure you do not sleep in a public place.

  • Business Leaders: Events will be taking place in Cork, Dublin, Limerick, and Sligo
  • Corporate: Your Choice - Home, Garden, Work
  • General Public: Your Choice - Home, Garden, School, Community Centre, Club

What happens on Shine A Light Night?

  • Physical Events: Throughout the night, you will learn about homelessness in Ireland, the work Focus Ireland does and the important role that businesses can play in fighting homelessness. Our founder Sr. Stan, our CEO, Pat Dennigan, and the Managing Director of Bord Gáis Energy will be making an appearance on the night, and you will hear first-hand from people who have experienced homelessness. Once official proceedings wrap-up, it’s off to experience a night under the stars.

  • Online Events: We have loads of online activities planned for #ShineALightNight, which will kick off at 8pm on Friday 14 October on this site! We will have video talks from people Focus Ireland has supported, as well as discussions with our service managers who provide vital work to our customers. Keep an eye on the website for a full running order for the night and everything you need for your sleep-out.

What happens in the morning after Shine A Light Night?

There are no scheduled activities on the morning after the sleep-out. We suggest you spend some time reflecting on what you learned and experienced overnight and share your reflections with your supporters. Don’t forget to ask for any last-minute donations!

Can I bring others along to the sleep-out with me?

  • Business Leaders: Events are for registered participants only. Please do not invite friends, family (including children), colleagues, or bring your pets to the event. We do encourage you to recruit other senior business leaders, or colleagues, to register for the event.

  • Corporate: Please check with the organiser of your sleep-out event. We would also encourage you to recruit other people to register and fundraise.

  • General Public: Participants organising their own sleep-out are encouraged to have family and friends to join them – it’s a great opportunity to engage in a conversation about what poverty and homelessness looks like in our country.

Do we have to take part on Friday 14 October?

Yes - Shine A Light Night takes place on Friday 14 October, and we are excited about recreating the special sense of connectedness we experience on #ShineALightNight this year.

Having the event on one night allows business leaders, corporates, and the public to come together and help to raise vital funds for people experiencing homelessness. It also sends a message of hope to people experiencing homelessness and allows us to all come together in solidarity together to show that homelessness is wrong.

What should I pack for Shine A Light Night?

The weather will be cold and potentially wet so make sure you are prepared by checking off the following kit list:

  • Sleeping bag – a cold weather and waterproof sleeping bag
  • Thermals – layers are the way forward for staying as warm as possible!
  • Coat, hat, gloves, scarf, thick socks
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Torch
  • A fully charged phone – there will be no power sockets available for you to use during the event

What happens if the weather is bad?

We would like you to remain outside wherever possible, providing you’re not putting your health at risk. Top tips for staying dry are using cardboard, sleeping close to buildings to get some shelter and waterproof sleeping bags.

Health & Safety

How do I choose a safe sleep-out location?

Please do not sleep in a public space – this is to ensure your safety and respect the dignity and privacy of those who are genuinely sleeping rough.


We instead recommend joining us from your own location such as your home, garden, workplace, or at an official event. If you have a chosen venue outside of your home, please make sure you have obtained the necessary permissions from the venue owner or management.

How can I ensure that my sleep-out spot is safe?

Before you choose your sleep-out spot at your location, make sure to have a look around and consider the risk in the immediate area i.e. broken glass or rubbish. Consider where water will drain in the event of rain and avoid settling in a spot where water may pool.

What should I do if I, or another person, start to feel ill?

Your health and safety is the most important thing during the sleep-out - if you, or anyone else, starts to feel ill at any point, please go back indoors. As this is an outdoor event, please be aware of the signs of hypothermia. There is information about hypothermia and what to do if you think someone is suffering here.