SEARCH project celebrates year of achievement

Pictured at the SEARCH gala celebration event are (l-r) Rev Campbell Dixon, Paula Bradley MLA, Aileen Marks, Housing Executive, Adree Wallace, Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, Sean Brennan, Groundwork NI, and Tommy Kirkham, SEARCH project co-ordinator. INNT 03-504CON
Pictured at the SEARCH gala celebration event are (l-r) Rev Campbell Dixon, Paula Bradley MLA, Aileen Marks, Housing Executive, Adree Wallace, Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, Sean Brennan, Groundwork NI, and Tommy Kirkham, SEARCH project co-ordinator. INNT 03-504CON
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A SPECIAL celebration event has marked an incredible year of achievement for a Newtownabbey-based community project.

South and East Antrim Resourcing from Conflict to Hope (SEARCH), held its recent gala evening at the Clarion Hotel in Carrickfergus, with over 150 delegates in attendance.

Representatives came from all areas covered by the project - Newtownabbey, North Belfast, Larne, Carrick, Antrim, and Ballymena.

SEARCH, run by the South and East Antrim Community Federation based in Rathcoole, is administered by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, supported with part-finance from the European Union’s Peace III Programme.

MLAs Paula Bradley and David Hilditch attended the celebration, as did officers from the PSNI, the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service and staff from the Northern Ireland Housing Executive.

SEARCH Project Co-ordinator, Tommy Kirkham, said: “This was an incredible event where we recognised the achievements of those participating in the SEARCH project so far, while organising plans for the next year of delivery.

“These plans include a focus on events like the centenary of the Titanic disaster, the signing of the Ulster Covenant and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.”

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