10-year-old gets community involved in 500,000 step walk for homeless

10-Year-Old Gets Community Involved In 500,000 Step Walk For Homeless
John Sweeney has already exceeded the €500 goal set on his GoFundMe campaign. Photo: An Garda Síochána.
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A 10-year-old in primary school in Dublin is aiming to walk 500,000 steps before the end of March to fundraise for those without a home.

John Sweeney has already exceeded the €500 goal set on his GoFundMe campaign, raising €3,550 to date for Inner City Helping Homeless (ICHH).

The fourth class student has also gotten his local community involved, as members of Blanchardstown Garda station accompanied him on his walk of some 9,000 steps last weekend.

John’s mother Maura Sweeney said her son was very passionate about the issue of homelessness.

“He would never pass anyone on the street without wanting to donate money to them,” she wrote on his GoFundMe page.

“He would love to be able to raise some money for Inner City Helping Homeless... they are a hands on charity who distribute hot drinks and sleeping bags among other things for those on the streets.”


10 year old John Sweeney is raising funds to support our work in ICHH by walking an incredible 500,000 steps before the...

Posted by Inner City Helping Homeless on Monday, March 1, 2021

ICHH applauded the 10-year-old's work.

“It is so humbling and inspiring for us to see a child so young, but so socially aware of homelessness and the housing crisis and also the work being done by our volunteers on a daily basis,” ICHH said.

“John is an incredible young man and his family should be very proud of him.”

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