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Charity and Community Commit to Ending Homelessness in West Belfast

20 September 2018

Simon Community and St John’s Parish raise £1,900 to help end homelessness in the community. 

The roof was well and truly raised at St John’s Church on Sunday 16 September when over 400 people from the parish and further afield, some visiting from as far away as Australia, came together to hear the joyful and energetic music of Belfast Community Gospel Choir (BCGC) in aid of Simon Community NI. 

The event, which raised over £1,900, was organised to raise awareness around homelessness in West Belfast with audiences on the night treated to the talents of the BCGC, laughs and audience participation orchestrated by its Director, Marie Lacey, as well as a special performance from Belgian Rock musician Mario Goossens who was at the event filming for a new TV series, Paradise City.

Many thanks to St John’s Parish and the generosity of those who attended on the night. Fr Magill put it perfectly when he said in his speech that ‘until homelessness has ended in the community, the church will continue to show mercy to some of society’s most vulnerable by continuing to support the important work of Simon Community NI’ and this was evident on the night.

Jim Dennison – Simon Community NI Chief Executive, Speaking about the event

I’m delighted to announce that the funds raised on the night will go towards our new Tenancy Deposit Fund – an initiative set up to help people with money towards securing their own home.

Jim Dennison – Further commenting, Dennison highlighted the difference the donations will make to local lives:

Charity and Community Commit to Ending Homelessness in West Belfast