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Frequently Asked Questions

Registering as a business leader:

The business leader sleep-out is for CEO’s, GM’s and MD’s in companies all over Ireland. In order to ensure everyone's safety, we are asking business leader's to host their own virtual in their home, garden, or workplace and join us online for a shared digital experience on Friday 16th October for #ShineALightNight! To learn more about hosting a virtual sleep-out, check out our guide HERE

When registering, please select set your target at €5,000, select you are a business leader and choose the company you are taking part with. If you already have an everydayhero account from taking part in Shine a Light Night before, you can sign in HERE. Don’t worry if you forgot your password, you can reset it HERE

Registering as part of a company:

If you are sleeping out on behalf of your company, this sleep-out option is for you! In order to ensure everyone's safety, we are asking our company supporters to host their own virtual in their home, garden, or workplace and join us online for a shared digital experience on Friday 16th October for #ShineALightNight! We ask company supporters to aim for a target of €1,000 to help our vital work. To learn more about hosting a virtual sleep-out, check out our guide HERE.

When registering, please select set your target at €1,000, select you are in the corporate sleep-out group and choose your company from the dropdown menu.

Registering as a member of the public:

You can host your own virtual sleep-out at home with friends, family, and people in the community on Friday October 16th or #ShineALightNight. You can sleep-out safely in your garden, on your couch, or on the leaving room floor. Just swap your comfy bed for one night in aid of people experiencing homelessness. Ensure your sleep-out spot is safe and not in a public place and you can join us for a shared digital experience from your virtual sleep-out. We ask company supporters to aim for a target of €250 to help our vital work. To learn more about hosting a virtual sleep-out, check out our guide HERE.

When registering, please set your target at €250 or more, select you are in the at-home virtual sleep-out group and select 'I am not participating with a company' from the dropdown menu.

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

We have prepared loads of useful resources to help you with your virtual fundraising for #ShineALightNight. Download our guides below or e-mail us with any queries: shinealight@focusireland.ie

Business LeadersCompanyAt-home virtual sleep-out

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, just check out this step by step guide for more info HERE.

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

We work with a fundraising platform called everydayhero to help with our online fundraising. When you register for Shine a Light Night, you will automatically receive a personalised fundraising page. link. Your supporters can click this link and pay online to your page.

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

Great news! You can add offline donations to your page, just follow these instructions HERE

All 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 do I host a virtual sleep-out at home or in my workplace?

From the safety and security of your home, garden, or workplace you can sleep-out on Friday 16th October to help raise vital funds for people experiencing homelessness. Sleep-out in your garden in a sleeping bag or tent; sleep on your living room floor; sleep with your colleagues in your office car park – wherever you sleep-out on Friday 16th October, join us virtually for a shared digital experience to support people experiencing homelessness. Check out our guides for hosting a virtual sleep-out below.

Where can I sleep-out on Friday 16th October?

You can sleep-out in your garden, home or workplace on #ShineALightNight. 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. Just swap your comfy bed for one night to raise vital funds for people experiencing homelessness. 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. :

What happens on Shine a Light Night?

We have loads of virtual activities planned for#ShineALightNight, which will kick off at 8 pm on Friday 16th 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. Our founder Sr. Stan, our CEO, Pat Dennigan, and the Managing Director of Bord Gáis Energy will also be making a virtual appearance on the night!

Keep an eye on the 'On the night' tab on the website for a full running order for the night and everything you need for your virtual sleep-out

Do we have to take part on October 16th?

Yes - Shine A Light Night takes place on Friday October 16th and we are excited about re-created the special sense of connectedness we experience on #ShineALightNight virtually this year. Having the event on one night allows business leaders, corporates, and the general 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.

How will COVID-19 impact Shine a Light Night?

Your safety on Friday 16th October is paramount. Due to COVID-19, we are operating a fully virtual event for all participants. Everyone will be hosting their own virtual sleep-out in the safety of their home, garden, or workplace while adhering to government guidelines for social distancing and gathering size.

We are determined that this will be our biggest Shine A Light Night to date, despite COVID-19 restrictions preventing us from hosting our annual physical events. Thank you to all our supporters for adapting to a virtual a #ShineALightNight this year!

I am hosting a sleep-out at work or at home, how do I stay safe?

Your safety is paramount on #ShineALightNight. Please follow all government guidelines in terms of social distancing and gathering size when organising your virtual sleep-out. You can host your sleep-out with friends, family, or colleagues while adhering to these guidelines. You can also connect with friends, family, and colleagues online on the night and join together in a shared digital experience.

Disclaimer: You will be taking part in Focus Ireland’s Shine a Light Night at your own risk. Focus Ireland cannot be held responsible for loss or damage to personal effects, for personal accidents, for injury or loss to third parties. It is the responsibility of the person to adhere to all public health advice published by the government and host the sleep-out on private property