Francis Cronin is walking 500 miles to fight Homelessness.
To raise money for a Southern California charity on L.A.’s Skid Row Francis Cronin is walking from San Francisco to Los Angeles.
Armed with nothing but a tiny backpack, a waterproof sleeping-bag and a cell phone, ex-Irish army officer and professional standup comedian Francis Cronin must cover the 500 miles from SF to LA on foot over the freezing cold holiday season, performing live standup comedy and storytelling along the way, all while sleeping out rough under the stars in an effort to raise money for Homeless Healthcare Los Angeles. Will he make it to LA alive? Who will he meet along the way? Will Hollywood embrace him upon arrival? Tune in and find out as Francis Cronin, a stranger in a strange land manifests his destiny one step at a time.
The Irish actor and comedian, one step at a time, is raising awareness for the homeless. Each night his is sleeping outside, for a journey that has lasted 4 weeks so far.
“By putting myself out there, I’m trying to reframe how people see the person in the street,” he told InsideEdition.com. He’s making an impression, he said, even though it’s on a decidedly small canvas.
People have contacted Cronin telling him how he changed their perspective. Every person they saw sleeping on the streets or rummaging through trash could have easily been the comedian.
“People know it exists. People see the problem right in front of them every day they can’t look at it because it’s too much of a reflection on humanity, and how bad [we’ve gotten] in terms of taking care of our weakest citizens,” he said.
Four years ago, Cronin moved to the U.S from Dublin “hiding out in Hollywood doing a little stand-up and a little acting,” he said. He’s completed a handful of films including “The Boys,” “Super High” and “Happy Camper,”
As a former army soldier, he is equipped with a backpack, a waterproof sleeping bag, and a mobile phone. 28 days in he has suffered from health issues such as getting sick and problems with his eyes and legs which have caused him to fall behind schedule. He has 180 miles to the finish line.
“I’ve met some beautiful people who are really struggling,” he said. “It’s a lot worse out there for people who are truly homeless than a lot of people would think. I’m only scratching the surface of it here, and it’s already nearly broken me.”
If you wish to support him you can make to donations to Homeless Healthcare Los Angeles, which runs a needle exchange program and center that offers showers and help to get back into mainstream life.
You can also donate to his GoFundMe page to take donations for a “Rough Set” pilot from his journey.
“The idea that people are out there long term, with no support system, no family, nobody checking on them. … It’s too dark to imagine the despair they feel on a daily basis,” Cronin said. “I’m not trying to be the big man on campus, I’m just trying to make a small, Francis-Cronin-sized dent in the homeless problem.”