Bowlers get dancing for a very good cause

Elizabeth McConkey hands over �400 to Niall McConkey from Habitat for Humanity.
Elizabeth McConkey hands over �400 to Niall McConkey from Habitat for Humanity.
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Ballyclare Presbyterian Church Bowling Club held a dance in the Allen Hall on Friday, January 3 to raise money for Habitat for Humanity NI.

More than 110 people attended, enjoying a night of sequence and line dancing, with Andy and Jean Pollock providing the music.

With a supper included, a good night was enjoyed by all and £400 was raised to support the work of Habitat for Humanity NI.

The money was handed over to Ballyclare man Niall McConkey, who runs Habitat’s ReStore outlet in Lisburn.

Habitat for Humanity is a charitable organisation working in 80 countries around the world to provide people with housing.

More than 1.6 billion people live in sub standard housing around the world, affecting their health, education and mental wellbeing.

Habitat has built more than 800,000 houses worldwide, including nearly 100 properties in Northern Ireland since starting its first project here in 1994.

“Each year we have Global Village teams who go out to countries around the world to build houses. These are countries where Habitat works so the team is looked after and supervised by the local Habitat team. Some of these teams come from school groups, church groups and companies and then there are some teams where individuals can join to be part of the experience. There are teams going to Cambodia, South Africa, El Salvador, Ethiopia and Romania,” a spokesperson explained.

“The typhoon in the Philippines is a perfect example of how Habitat for Humanity works on the ground. Habitat has been working in the Philippines for 25 years and is now working to provide people with emergency shelter kits which will equip them with the tools and timber they need to provide a shelter. Habitat will then start rebuilding homes and communities in the months and years to come.”

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