OVER 10,397 PEOPLE IN IRELAND
In December 2016, a young Waterford man was watching the news when Ireland was caught in a tumbleweed of Christmas commotion. He observed the high amounts of homelessness across Ireland and unlike a vast majority of people, decided to do something about it. One simple Facebook Post asking musicians to busk for the homeless would change everything. With a core of enthusiastic, driven people from the Arts Community in Waterford City, BuskAid was born. The aim; to organise a city-wide Busk for the Homeless...all in three weeks!
With several bands and solo artists signing on and countless volunteers messaging the Facebook page, the event took off and raised over €3,700 in one day. The phenomenal success of the day was felt across the county with a sense of togetherness felt in every shop doorway and street corner, united the homeless and people fortunate enough to escape the situation. The 2017 event echoed that success and raised €5,500 while the 2018 busk went on to raise a further €5,500. BuskAid continues to achieve with the support of the people of Waterford and a little bit of Christmas magic.
We are now going into our fourth year of what we hope will be a very successful, campaign that helps change the homeless landscape in Ireland for the better. This means we need more people to become part of the narrative with us, to stand at our sides, buckets in hands and hope in their hearts that this issue will be irradicated.
2019 Promo Video