Russ Mills delivering a backpack of warm outdoor gear to the Basecamp store in Dublin.

   The number of homeless people on the streets of Dublin, and more widely in Ireland is growing rapidly. The homeless charity, Focus Ireland, estimates that there are up to 5,000 people at any one time who are homeless in Ireland.

  As part of tackling this problem and making things a little bit easier for those homeless people over the coming winter, Basecamp Ireland, have started an initiative in association with Dublin City Council and Crosscare Social Support Services, which is a backpack challenge to help the homeless.

  The aim of this challenge is to get as many backpacks as possible filled with warm clothing and other items and sent up to the Bru Aimsir service that is currently housing 100 homeless people every night in Thomas Street in Dublin.

The backpack can be filled with a wide range of things such as:

  • Hats
  • Water Bottles
  • Socks
  • Scarves
  • Long Sleeved T-Shirts
  • Waterproof Clothes
  • Jackets
  • Flasks
  • Toiletries
  • Hoodies
  • Jumpers
  • Lip Balm

At Mountaintrails, we were happy to be able to help the #backpackchallenge by donating spare gear.

Let’s help those less fortunate than ourselves this winter and give the homeless a little comfort.

Backpacks can be dropped into the Basecamp store in Middle Abbey Street or dropped directly into the Crosscare Staff in Thomas Street, Dublin. 

Thank you.

About Author

Russell is the founder and owner of mountaintrails.ie. With over 35 years of mountaineering experience, including expeditions in Europe and Africa, Russell leads many of the trips himself, and is a fully qualified Mountain Leader, has a Rescue and Emergency Care First Aid qualification and is fully insured.


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