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Event details


Friday 13th October


All night. Join us online from 9pm - 11pm for an online schedule of activities so everyone across the country can be a part of Shine A Light 2023!


Your Choice - Home, Garden, School (*Please make sure you have obtained the necessary permissions)

'On the Night' Schedule:
A special programme will be made live here on Friday 13 October.

Will your school sleep out against homelessness?

At the end of June 2023, a record 12,600 people were homeless, including 3,765 children. Children just like those at your school. Just like those in your own family. 

But with your support, there will always be somewhere these families can go for help. Raising just €125 could help provide a person escaping homelessness with the support and training they need to build a brighter future. 

Taking place on Friday Oct 13, Shine A Light, proudly supported by Bord Gáis Energy, is the ideal opportunity for your school to raise funds to help families experiencing homelessness. Children, parents, and teachers get the opportunity to spend a memorable night sleeping under the stars. You’ll step out of your comfort zone and into a deep sense of solidarity and community, whilst raising vital funds for Focus Ireland to continue its work towards ending homelessness. 

Our experienced fundraising teams are on-hand to help you organise your school sleep out and we provide lots of helpful advice and guidance to make it a safe and enjoyable event for everyone. Please contact 01 881 9500 and ask to speak about Shine A Light, or email


We ask each of our school participants to aim for an individual target of €250 to support our essential work. Together, with the support of Bord Gáis Energy and your amazing fundraising, we’re aiming to raise €1.2 million in 2023 to support people experiencing homelessness in Ireland.

Each individual that raises over €50 will get one of our new beanies in the post to wear on the night*.

*We cannot guarantee that deliveries after Friday 6th October will arrive in time for the event. 

Pre-Event Information

Shine A Light Guides

Fundraising Tips

Fundraising Tips

'Host Your Own' Guide

'Host Your Own' Guide


Challenge A Friend Toolkit


School Zoom Sessions

Learn about the homelessness and housing crisis in Ireland by joining one of our School Zoom sessions in the lead up to Shine A Light. Our engaging presentation delivered by our team will help students and teachers alike to understand and discuss the crisis, how it is affecting families, young people and individuals, and how the money you raise directly supports people experiencing homelessness across the country.

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