The annual sleep-out of Belvedere boys has begun today, Tuesday, 22 December, in O’Connell St. Dublin 1. Fifth and sixth year students from the college face a freezing few nights until they complete their fundraising vigil on Christmas Eve. Sean Mac Gahann, one of the student organisers, says they won’t be deterred by the cold and are determined to raise even more money than ever this year. Last year, the boys raised one hundred and thirty thousand euros for charities working with the homeless, as passers-by in the capital’s main thoroughfare dug deep to support their work. This year, money raised from the event will go to Focus Ireland, The Peter McVerry Trust and Home Again.