‘Help relieve the suffering!’

Thursday, 19 January 2017

‘Help relieve the suffering!’ thumbnailA migrant stands next to a snow covered tent at the Moira detention camp on the Greek island of Lesbos.

A HEARTFELT appeal has been made to the people of North Antrim to help bring humanitarian aid to those fleeing war, persecution and famine on the Greek island of Lesbos. Rathlin man Michael Cecil and Ballycastle native Paul Kerrigan are well known within their communities for their volunteering, but this latest appeal will see greater help being offered to those who have had to flee from war torn countries.
Containers are currently being filled by community groups in Derry who have encouraged residents of Ballycastle, Rathlin and beyond to get involved with the campaign.
Michael, the skipper of Rathlin Ferry, and his wife Shauna volunteered in Lesbos last year and it's fair to say their experiences when there, have left a lasting impression on the couple.
Speaking to The Chronicle Michael said: "Having spent six weeks in Greece on three separate visits I have been unfortunate to witness a rapid decline in living conditions for people fleeing war, persecution and famine.


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