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By Cate McCurry, PA

Each retirement home across Ireland will receive a collection of photographs taken from a Dublin explorer’s travels around the world

Vincent Butler is the originator of the Sixty Photographs for Simon collection, an initiative to raise funds for the homeless charity, la Simon Community

The collection of photographs was taken from the explorer's travels around the world while working as a lecturer aboard the expedition cruise ship, le National Geographic Explorer, and as expedition leader with Across the Divide

Twenty-five countries are represented in a wide geographic range in the collection of images, from the Arctic to the Sahara, through Antarctica

The book was originally published in 2018 and is now sent in over 400 nursing homes across the country, as well as in schools following a recent fundraising initiative to support the Simon community

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As Christmas approaches, M. Butler launched a fundraising initiative for the charity, according to which each donation of 10 euros received would result in a copy of the book being sent to a retirement home or school.

He collected more than 12 000 euros, which will allow each retirement home in the country to receive the collection of photographs

This initiative is supported by An Post's free mail service for parcels delivered to nursing homes

M. Butler said: «My travels have allowed me to explore some of the most diverse places in the world and capture different geographies, wildlife, natural history and heritage.

“My camera was my companion in capturing these very special experiences and the book selects the most beautiful and memorable photos of them

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«I hope this gives people in our retirement homes and schools an insight into the different countries and cultures that I have been fortunate enough to know and sparks discussion, curiosity and pleasure

«Those who contributed not only supported the Simon community, but also expressed their solidarity with the people of our nursing homes in these difficult times

«I am delighted to report that the Irish tradition of‘ meitheal ’, bringing together a group of people to help others, is very much alive in our wonderful country

“When I first broached the idea of ​​fundraising, a cohort close to 18 friends joined me. Ensemble, we have collected 12 357 euros and every book we send has supported the Simon community”

Anyone wishing to donate can visit vincentbutlerheritagec, which is where people can donate on the Simon de Vincent community page

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