Tuesday, 8th September 2015
Saint Patrick’s Cathedral appeals for emergency supplies for refugees
– Donations will be distributed to refugee camps in Calais and Hungary –
Saint Patrick’s Cathedral has today (08.09.15) launched an appeal for the donation of supplies for migrants stranded in Calais and Hungary.
In response to the refugee crisis, the Cathedral is asking people to donate much needed items such as tents, sleeping bags, clothing and toiletries, and will work with partners to distribute the donated supplies to refugee camps in the affected areas.
Members of the public wishing to support this appeal are asked to deliver their donations to the welcome desk at the main entrance of the Cathedral between 9.30am and 5.30pm.
Apart from gathering relief supplies to be shipped to France, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral has also set up a Solidarity Space in the Cathedral’s baptistery. This space offers visitors the opportunity to light candles, write messages of support and make donations by cash or credit card to the appeal.
Commenting today, Dr Eimhin Walsh, Civic Engagement and Outreach officer at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, said: “We are shocked and saddened by the displacement of so many people fleeing unrest and persecution in their own countries. Everything possible should be done to help these people.”
He added: “Saint Patrick’s Cathedral has a long history of helping refugees. As far back as the 17th century, the Cathedral Chapter offered refuge to persecuted Huguenots who had fled to Ireland and today, as the migrant crisis is worsening from day to day, we would like to do our part to help. It has become abundantly clear over the last weeks that the Irish people would like to contribute and we are happy to facilitate this.”
Saint Patrick’s Cathedral is planning the first shipments to Calais and Hungary on 29th September and will be accepting donations until then.
For more information, visit www.stpatrickscathedral.ie.
Contact: Sebastian Enke, DHR Communications, Tel: 01-4200580 / 087-3239496.
Note to Editors:
Please see below for details in relation to items needed urgently, less urgently, and items that are not needed:
Less urgently needed