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Ballycastle men’s ‘life changing’ trip to Lesvos

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Ballycastle men’s ‘life changing’ trip to Lesvos thumbnailJoe Breen pictured with his crew on the Mo Chara.

THREE Ballycastle men who have just returned from a humanitarian trip to Lesvos have vowed to continue their fundraising after seeing first-hand the difference it makes to those fleeing war torn countries.
Joe Breen had already been in Lesvos for two weeks when he was joined by Ryan Connolly and Paul Kerrigan, three North Antrim men who felt compelled to make a difference in some way.
Regular readers will remember how the people of Ballycastle and the surrounding areas recently rallied together to send a container of aid to the refugee camp in Greece, an idea which came about after Paul had a chat with Rathlin man, Michael Cecil, himself the Chairman of the charity Refugee Rescue.
Speaking to The Chronicle, Paul and Ryan told of the sense of achievement they felt when they saw hours of their labour come to fruition on the shores of Camp Moria.
Paul, who is chairman of Ballycastle Community Development Group said: "It was a very poignant moment. I think we had been wet behind the ears when planning the container of aid, it took considerably longer for the aid to reach Lesvos than we had initially thought. We later discovered that anything marked aid could find it difficult to get to where it's meant to be.
“We needed a massive amount of stuff to fill the container, but it's not until you're out there you see it - what we thought was a massive amount is merely a drop in the ocean."

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