08 September 2015
Message from the Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Thomas Hogg
"No-one can fail to have been affected by the scenes we have all witnessed as the refugee crisis has developed over recent days.
The response across our Borough has been very positive. In this situation people want to help.
I am aware of many examples of generosity across our Borough, from those that have taken positive action in all sorts of ways. For example, Henderson’s Group and Smurfit Kappa has donated boxes for packing. Randalstown & Antrim and Newtownabbey Calais Refugee Societies are packing boxes of essential goods and clothing. Thank you also to the Barron Hall, Mayfield Village Hall, The Dojo Martial Arts Centre and Ballyduff Community House for making the premises available as drop off points.
If you want to show your practical support, please see the contacts below, which we hope you will find useful."
Local Contact Groups
Province Wide Contact Groups
• Northern Ireland Calais Refugee Society
Make a Donation
If you'd like to make a donation to support the refugees:
• Text PLUS00 £5 to 70070 to donate to Homeplus NI's Drop In Centre for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Belfast
• Text FAMILY to 70600 to donate £5 to the Red Cross Europe Refugee Crisis Appeal
• Text SYRIA to 70800 to donate £5 to Concern Worldwide Refugee Crisis Appeal or you can donate online www.concern.net/syria
• Text OXFAM to 70660 to donate £4, give online at www.oxfamireland.org or call into any Oxfam shop
• Donate to Christian Aid’s Syria appeal by phoning 028 9592 2015 or online at www.christianaid.ie/syria
• Text TROC12 £10 to 70070 to donate £10 to Trocaire’s appeal or contact 0800 912 1200 www.trocaire.org
Please check with the individual charity for details of terms and conditions, including network charges.