Christian Aid Ireland are hosting their second sleep-out in the run up to Christian Aid Week 2018, in Buoy Park, adjacent to Belfast Cathedral, on Friday night.

Earlier, at 4pm, there will be a short service in the Chapel of Unity in St Anne’s in support of this event.

The sleep-out is to show solidarity with people who have been forced to flee their homes by either or both conflict and extreme weather.

The 24-hour solidarity sleep-out for Christian Aid Week hopes to highlight the plight of the 43 million people worldwide who have been forced from their homes. People are asked to bring their own tent and spend 24 hours in the middle of Belfast city centre, to try to experience something of what a person forced from their home goes through on a daily basis.

For information and details on how to take part please visit christianaid.ie/sleepout or call David Thomas on 028 906 8133.

This year Christian Aid Week will focus on the charity’s work to support people who have been forced to flee their homes by conflict, climate change, or both, in countries like Haiti, but are unable to leave their country.

From house-to-house collections, sponsored walks and church collections, to Big Brekkies, abseils and quiz nights, Christian Aid Week brings kingdom builders from all walks of life and Christian traditions together to step out in mission for the world’s poorest people.

Christian Aid Week is supported by an incredible network of volunteers from local churches who fundraise in their own communities.

How donations can help:

  • £25/€28 could buy a hygiene kit to prevent disease after a disaster
  • £5/€5.60 could buy a jar of seeds so someone like Marcelin can grow beans to feed his family
  • £210/€235 could pay to train a local builder in Haiti to build a safe, secure home for families in need.