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Two Antrim Lads Among Sleep out line up for Homeless

Thursday, 14 December 2017

A GROUP of past and present GAA players have thrown their weight and time to highlight and support an All Ireland initiative to highlight the plight of homelessness in Ireland in 2017.
Glenavy and Antrim footballer, Paddy Gallagher and Cushendall hurler Christy McNaughton are just two of the players who have signed up to this very worthwhile cause.
In a press release, 'Gaelic Voices for Change' lay out their plan for action leading up to the Christmas period.
“We are a voluntary group of past and present inter-county GAA players who, supported by the GPA and WGPA, have come together to form 'Gaelic Voices for Change', a community action initiative that shines a light on important social issues. Our initial focus is on the escalating housing and homeless crisis.
“On Saturday, December 16th, we are planning a solidarity sleep-out in Belfast, joining others happening in Dublin, Galway, Cork, Waterford, Carlow, Naas, Portlaoise , Sligo, and Wexford.
“Our aim is to generate solidarity, funds, awareness, and action. All funds raised will go to registered charities including the Peter McVerry Trust, the Simon Communities, Focus Ireland, DePaul Ireland, the Capuchin Day Centre, Cope Galway, Thomand House and the Welcome Organisation in Belfast
“Both the north and south of Ireland are in the depths of a homelessness crisis. In the north over 130,000 people are living without a home of their own. We know that 20,000 people and families asked the housing executive for help dealing with homelessness last year.
“More than 50 people declare themselves homeless each day. We know that Northern Ireland has a higher rate of homelessness than England, Scotland or Wales. In January-March 2017, there were 1,500 more cases (39.7%) of homelessness reported in N.I compared to same period in the previous year.
*Read the full story in this week's Ballymena Guardian.

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