Chilean miner to attend SAMS Friday Night Live event

Tuesday January 4th 2011

One of the 33 Chilean miners rescued in a drama that captured the imagination of the world is due to attend the annual SAMS Friday Night Live event in February.

The miners all survived 68 days underground and the last of the men was winched to safety on October 13 last year.

The miner will accompany the Rev Alf Cooper, Chaplain to the President of Chile, to Friday Night Live which takes place in Craigavon Civic Centre on Friday February 4 at 7.30pm. 

The Rev Barry Forde, Chaplain to Queen’s University Belfast, will be the keynote speaker, and the evening will be hosted by the Rt Rev Ken Clarke, Bishop of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh, and chairman of SAMS Ireland. 

Other overseas guests include Gwen Carlisle and Mags Southern, principal and vice-principal respectively of St Andrew’s College in Asuncion, as well as Bishop Peter and Sally Bartlett from Paraguay.

Bishop Carlos Lopez and his wife Ana from Spain will be present and other South Americans joining the event will be Jax McCallum from Argentina, Oscar Leon and Gerardo and Suyai Gimpel from Chile.

There will be other special items in the programme including feedback from SAMS Ireland volunteers. Following the large attendance last year, the organisation has arranged for extra seating and an overflow area in the Civic Centre.  


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