Thank you to everyone who took part in our Solidarity Sleep-Out last Friday night in Belfast city centre.
With support from our politicians, church leaders and local organisations, the Sleep-Out was a great way to launch Christian Aid Week, and certainly helped us all to reflect upon the 65.6 million people who are displaced worldwide.
The annual sleep out is an opportunity to show our support for those people around the world who are forced to flee their homes because of conflict or disaster. Spending one night sleeping out in a tent amongst the noise of the city traffic reminds you how fortunate most of us are to have a safe, warm, secure place to live.’
David Thomas, Church & Community Manager
Special thanks to Belfast Lord Mayor Nuala McAllister for joining us on the day. Thank you to the array of local politicians who joined us - Alliance, DUP, SDLP and Sinn Fein.
Thank you to Justin and Eddis from NICRAS, and Margaret from Embrace NI for sharing knowledge with participants and in particular, Christian Aid's Advocacy Officer for Syria, Iraq and Lebanon Mariead Collins, for sharing throughout the day and night!
Also a final thank you to St Anne's Cathedral for once again welcoming us and Centra Donegall Street for the coffee and treats.
For photos from the event, check out our Facebook Album.