Diocesan Council member to join Dean of Connor in gaol!

Wednesday March 7th 2018

Mr Roy Totten MBE, a member of Connor Diocesan Council, is to serve time in Crumlin Road gaol – all in a good cause!

What IS going on? Another key figure in Connor Diocese is to be sent to gaol next week! Mr Roy Totten MBE will serve time in Crumlin Road along with the Dean of Connor.

We heard recently that the Very Rev Sam Wright would be held in the gaol from early on Monday March 12 until enough sponsorship is raised to get him bail.

We can now reveal that Roy, a parishioner at Glenavy and a member of Connor Diocesan Council no less, is also being locked up and he too will have to appeal to those who believe in him to raise funds and have him freed!

Fear not, neither the Dean nor Roy have committed a crime, but they have volunteered to be incarcerated in the Belfast prison in order to give children in northern Uganda freedoms we all take for granted. These include hygienic toilet facilities, Bible teaching, and a caring face as they prepare to bed down in a city street.

Dean Sam and Roy, who also serves on the Board of Belfast Cathedral, are among a number of ‘volunteers’ who will be locked up for the day on Monday by a group of young people from Lisburn Cathedral who are planning to visit Uganda with local charity Abaana in July this year.

The team will be working across a range of Abaana’s projects, including building a new toilet block at the Dr Andrew McAvoy Primary School, in northern Uganda; holding a three-day holiday bible club; and working with street children in Kampala, the capital city of Uganda.

In order to escape their gaol cell, Dean Sam, Roy and the other volunteers will have to raise sponsorship to pay their bail – before they are released.

You can sponsor Sam directly on this link or to sponsor Roy follow this link. Please give generously – we need these men back working for Connor Diocese asap!

To learn more about Abaana, or the work the Lisburn Cathedral team will be doing in Uganda this summer, please contact Neville Jones on 07796936768 or by email neville@abaana.org.

BEHIND BARS – Dean Sam Wright will serve time in Crumlin Road Gaol on March 12, but all for a good cause!

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