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Bangor young people sleep on streets for charity

Monday 5th December 2011

A Northern Ireland charity is appealing for the support of the local community this weekend as they sleep out on the streets of Bangor in a bid to raise money for street children in Africa.

A Northern Ireland charity is appealing for the support of the local community this weekend as they sleep out on the streets of Bangor in a bid to raise money for street children in Africa. Bangor–based Abaana will be taking to the streets from 20:00 Friday 9th to 20:00 Sunday 11th December to take part in their “Challenge 48” fundraiser. 

Around 30 people have signed up to the challenge and will be sleeping in cardboard boxes in the Sunken Gardens at the bottom of High Street. Not only will they be braving the icy cold winter weather, but they are forbidden from bringing food or money so will be relying entirely on the goodwill and generosity of the public. 

Abaana founder, Scott Baxter, explains that he wants to emulate some of the hardships that the children on the streets of Uganda face – “After spending a night on the streets with homeless children in a recent trip to Uganda, we were inspired to come home and encourage people in Northern Ireland to experience just a couple of days of what it might be like to be a street child.” “We want to experience the humbling experience of relying on others to provide food to get us through the day, while also collecting donations for our work with street children in Africa,” he said. 

A newly elected local North Down DUP Councillor has taken up the challenge. Peter Martin, who himself organised 3 sleep outs between 2000–2002 for sexually abused Romanian street kids, couldn’t wait to get involved.

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