Coffee morning raises £500 for building Haiti homes

Friday August 13th 2010

Philip and Eleanor Patterson at the coffee morningChurch of Ireland House, Belfast, hosted a coffee morning and cake sale on Thursday August 12 raising more than £500 to help build new homes in Haiti.

The proceeds of the event will support the work of the NGO Haven, which builds homes and works on sustainable developments in Haiti, a country devastated by a massive earthquake earlier this year which left 1.3 million people homeless.

The money raised will support Neil Patterson, son of Archdeacon Philip Patterson, in joining 600 volunteers leaving Dublin for a ‘build it’ week in October, part of a programme aiming at building 10,000 houses.

Helping out at the coffee morning, are, from left: Alma Atkins, Barbara Lowndes and Tracey TaggartNeil, a volunteer labourer, sent thanks to everyone who supported the event, saying that Haven was ‘very focused on ensuring … money is used on the ground in Haiti.’

Archdeacon Patterson commented: “Neil has worked in telecommunications in Dublin for the past 10 years and in the course of travelling widely with work has seen real situations of poverty.

“As a result, he has volunteered with Haven and afterwards is taking up a work placement with VSO (Voluntary Services Overseas) – we are delighted he is ‘giving something back’.”

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