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Wednesday, 15th May 2019

‘I’m a Celeb… Get Me Out of Here’ launched at Barbican Centre

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Aaargh! Evita McCloskey of West End Salon gets up close and personal with a six foot snake at last night's launch of the "I'm a Celebrity, Get Me out of Here" event in aid of Drogheda Homless Aid which takes place in the Barbican Centre on 21st June 2019. Photo: Andy Spearman.

Brave volunteers sign up to face a series of Bush Tucker Trials

Drogheda Homeless Aid (DHA) is bringing the big stage production of “I’m A Celeb, Get Me Out of Here” to The Barbican Centre on 21st June 2019.

Last night 16 of the 18 brave contestants who have already signed up for the challenge of "I’m a Celeb" attended the launch of the event and are all raring to get raising money for DHA.

Two teams of 12 will partake in a series of spine-tingling and tension-filled trials to beat their opponents and be crowned King or Queen of the jungle on 21st June 2019. 

Much like the popular ITV show, the DHA version of I’m A Celeb, Get Me Out of Here will pitch two teams against each other to collect stars for their teams by overcoming some of their greatest fears. 

Not for the faint-hearted, this contestants will see participants become campmates for the night and will be put to the test by taking part in a series of Bush Tucker Trials. 

Who can survive the hell holes, bugs, snakes, devour gourmet critters and overcome a series of spine-tingling and tension-filled trials to beat their opponents? 

There are still some places for additional contestants and if interested please contact maureen.ward@dha.ie  or Drogheda Homeless Aid on 041 9834492.

The contestants are: Comedian Joe Rooney, Sinead Brassil – LMFM, Ross Kenny, Boyne Boats; Colm Ward, Me Time Training; Mark Gibbons, Walsh, Gibbons Auditors; Seamus Reilly, Paycheck Plus, Fergal Matthews, Matthews Tree Services, Frank Taaffe, Frank Taaffe Developments Limited, Mary Lawless. #LouthChat network; Keith Hughes, Acorn Life (insurance); Stephen Jennings, Oriel Sea Salt; Michael Flynn, Mattress Mick, Damien Leddy, D'vine Restaurant, Tina Fitzpatrick, No Three Restaurant, Collon; Lisa Caffrey, Chopped, Drogheda, Ken Wall, Boyne Valley Foods, Evita McCloskey, Westend Salon and a Nature’s Best employee.

Over 40 people attended the launch in support of the various contestants and for many it was their first time to meet each other. It was also the first time for most of them to handle a six foot snake,

Tickets (€25 each)  are available from the Barbican Centre – phone 041 (041) 980 7416 and are also available on line at https://ti.to/DHA/celebrity .

Each contestant is being sponsored by a business and they will also each raise €500 in sponsorship and it is envisaged that the fun-filled event will raise in excess of €30,000 for Drogheda Homeless Aid.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available in a full colour souvenir booklet of the event which will be distributed to 300 plus attendees during the event on 21st June.

Ken Wall of Killeen faces his demons at the launch of the 'I'm a Celeb, Get Me out of Here' fundraising event.

Drogheda Homeless Aid has worked hard throughout the homeless and housing crisis to maintain and add capacity to its services. During 2018 Drogheda Homeless Aid provided the following services and supports:

Accommodation: 154 homeless people were accommodated in our 25-bed hostel and transitional housing units.

Resettlement: 25 men were helped in exiting homelessness and were supported to live independently in the community.

Hot meals: 21,500 hot meals were prepared for and provided to homeless people and those living in poverty in the community during 2018.

Prevention: DHA also provided supports to prevent individuals at risk from becoming homeless and delivers a service for Louth County Council helping to support those with mental health issues in maintaining their tenancies and/or supports people with mental health issues in existing homelessness.

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