Belfast Lord Mayor supports Christian Aid Week Launch event Solidarity Sleep-Out

Solidarity Sleep-Out launches Christian Aid Week 2018

On a day when Northern Ireland witnessed all four seasons in one, dedicated supporters let the cause prevail and pitched their tents in Belfast's Buoy Park in solidarity with those displaced worldwide.

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.

Christian Aid Ireland's Solidarity Sleep-Out took place in Buoy Park beside St Anne's Cathedral Belfast
Councillor's Naomi Long and Fra McCann speak with Christian Aid Ireland's Chief Executive Rosamond Bennett at the Solidarity Sleep-Out
Supporters hear stories of those displaced in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq from Mairead Collins

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