Moyle refugee fundraising efforts are continuing

Gaelscoil an Chaistil children with donations from the school community. Many thanks to everyone who donated so generously to this important cause.
Gaelscoil an Chaistil children with donations from the school community. Many thanks to everyone who donated so generously to this important cause.

Following on from the success of the past fortnight’s collection of aid for the Calais convoy of aid for Syrian refugees, the aid now awaits transfer to the the continent in the coming week.

The community of Moyle responded with a fantastic effort. Men’s items will be forwarded to Calais and women and children’s supplies will arrive mid October in Athens and Kos.

Pictured at the Moyle Calais Refugee Solidarity table quiz held at the Anzac in Ballycastle on Friday evening

Pictured at the Moyle Calais Refugee Solidarity table quiz held at the Anzac in Ballycastle on Friday evening

Kathleen McGarry, Moyle Refugee Group explained: “ With winter fast approaching, we need to urgently provide practical support to these familes who face the season exposed to the elements and without basic living requirements.

“This nightmare is worsened by the number of already weakened children and babies who having fled their war torn countries for fear of bullets, now face cold, hunger and unsanitary living conditions to be as formidable an enemy.It will hit them the hardest.”

With the aid relief effort well underhand, the group’s focus has now moved to fundraising to support the already established groups assisting the women and children on the ground in Athens and Kos in particular. Volunteers from the Moyle area are financing their own trips to Greece in order to meet the aid lorries as they arrive and assist these charities with the distribution of the aid.

One hundred percent of funds raised will be used to purchase food and improve the living conditions in these camps.

Paudie McShane Kathleen McGarry and friends at the Moyle Calais Refugee Solidarity table quiz held at the Anzac in Ballycastle on Friday evening

Paudie McShane Kathleen McGarry and friends at the Moyle Calais Refugee Solidarity table quiz held at the Anzac in Ballycastle on Friday evening

To date, Moyle Refugee Group has organised a number of events including a pub quiz and a coffee morning at Corrymeela. The Quiz in the Anzac on Friday evening raised £1,273.

There are other upcoming events being planned in order to highlight this appeal and to raise the necessary funds to assist with this humanitarian crisis.

Anyone who wishes to assist with this appeal or for further information, please contact Kathleen McGarry on 07916163082.

Enjoying the Moyle Calais Refugee Solidarity table quiz held at the Anzac in Ballycastle on Friday evening

Enjoying the Moyle Calais Refugee Solidarity table quiz held at the Anzac in Ballycastle on Friday evening