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LEON, the Naturally Fast Food brand, who recently opened their doors in Dublin’s Temple Bar, the first of 20 planned restaurants, have announced Dublin Simon Community as their official charity partner. 

LEON will work with Dublin Simon Community to raise funds and awareness to combat the homeless crisis in Ireland. LEON and Dublin Simon Community chose to launch at Dublin Pride 2019 to celebrate the inclusively of their partnership and to shine a light on homelessness in the LGBTQ+ community. 

As part of their ongoing charitable and sustainability efforts LEON offer 25c off any tea or coffee to customers who bring in a keep cup. LEON will also donate 25c to Dublin Simon Community for every tea or coffee served in a keep cup, raising much needed funds all year round.

To celebrate the partnership between LEON & Simon this Pride, LEON have some great ways for the public to get involved and help the cause of Dublin Simon Community. On Dublin Pride weekend (29 & 30) of June, LEON will be offering a special Pride breakfast deal where customers can get any porridge pot, egg pot or muffin along with tea or coffee for just €5.50, with 15 percent of sales going to Dublin Simon Community. Additionally, across the whole weekend to celebrate love, inclusion and the new partnership, 15 percent of all LOVE Burger sales will also go to Dublin Simon Community.

On parade day (Saturday, June 29), customers can come enjoy a lively atmosphere in LEON Temple Bar, great meal deals, get their faces painted for free and meet some members from Dublin Simon Community to find out how they can get involved.

Managing Director of LEON Ireland, Stuart Fitzgerald, said “The Dublin Simon Community is an organisation that shares our values of inclusiveness and kindness. We are announcing our partnership during Dublin’s most vibrant and inclusive celebration, Pride, to shine a light on homelessness and social exclusion in the LGBTQ+ community in Ireland. Pride is an opportunity for people of all backgrounds to celebrate love, togetherness, openness and kindness."

"It’s also an opportunity to recognise that Ireland’s deepening homeless crisis is the glaring counterpoint to our economic recovery. We hope that in a small way LEON can help support the work of the Dublin Simon Community. We are asking people to drop into our Temple Bar restaurant on Pride weekend to celebrate and to help raise awareness and funds in the fight against homelessness.”

Brian Ingarfield from Dublin Simon Community said: “On behalf of Dublin Simon Community and the people who rely on our services we would like to thank LEON and their customers for supporting us and launching this exciting partnership at Dublin Pride 2019. Community, respect and empowerment are core values of our organisation and across our services we aim to provide people with a sense of involvement, inclusion and belonging from the minute they arrive at our door.

"As we continue to see people turning to us for help, the support from LEON and their customers is increasingly vital as we help people move to a safe and secure place, they can call home.”

LEON Temple Bar is located at 17 Crown Alley, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

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If you're looking for something fun to do, then look no further.

A special screening is being hosted in Odeon Point Square – and it's for a good cause.

On Tuesday 5th of March at 7pm, ODEON Point Square will screen Robbie Walsh’s film Eden in aid of the Dublin Simon Community. .

All of the proceeds and donations from the screening will go to the services and support that Dublin Simon Community offer people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow and Meath.

Sounds fab to us. 

The Irish film Eden follows Adam throughout a day in his life living on the streets of Dublin, a man who has been left homeless in the wake of the Irish financial crisis.

To support Dublin Simon Community and head along to this special screening click here.

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The Simon Community, a housing and homeless charity, saw a 33 percent rise in the number of people using its services. 

The charity helps those who are homeless in Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow, and Meath. 

According to their Annual Report for 2016, this increase includes more than 11,000 people total, who were either homeless or at risk of losing the roof over their heads.

Simon helped 1,400 families and nearly 3,000 children last year as well.

The number of families facing homelessness has soared by over 50 percent and the number of homeless children by 49 percent. 

Many of these families must live in hotel rooms, with limited space for children to play and no proper kitchen to cook in. 

"These trends are flesh and blood, people’s lives and childhoods potentially lost," Padraig McKeon, Chairperson of Simon Community, said in a statement. 

He also noted that the charity plans on building 400 more accommodation units in the four counties they serve, which will be both supported housing and independent living units.

Padraig thanked all of the charity's clients and residents whose 'continued determination and perseverance to move forward with their lives' are utterly inspiring.

"Every day we are inspired by what you have overcome," the Chairperson wrote, "Your experience and insights ensure our services continue to adapt and improve."

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Tuesday always seems to be the meh day of the week. It's not as bad as Monday, yet it's not hump day either… But this Tuesday has turned around rapidly since we found out that James Vincent McMarrow is playing an impromptu gig in Dublin tonight.

The singer is performing in Doyle's pub with the proceeds going to Dublin's Simon Community.

He sent out a very sweet tweet as well, telling his fans he's going back to where it all began, having first played in Doyle's in 2009.

What more can we say though, a great Irish artist performing for a great cause.

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The whole country has been buzzing with the news that a Tayto Pop-Up Shop would be opening on Dublin's Wicklow St this month, serving (what else?!) freshly made crisp sandwiches with a variety of flavours!

The shop opened at 34 Wicklow St on March 5th – and you had better get there fast as it will close again this Sunday March 15th. To make things even more tempting, €1 from each €2 sandwich sold will go directly to Dublin's Simon Community.

Our S! TV reporter Lisa Kavanagh headed along to see what goodies were on offer and to find out about the great cause behind the pop-up!

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