Parish members ‘slum it’ for building charity

Members of Magheralin Parish: Caitriona Hughes, Matthew Keown and Brendan Perry outside the Shack they built and camped out in overnight as part of Habitat NI's Shack Attack event.
Members of Magheralin Parish: Caitriona Hughes, Matthew Keown and Brendan Perry outside the Shack they built and camped out in overnight as part of Habitat NI's Shack Attack event.
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Members of Magheralin Parish ‘Slummed it’ recently in Wallace Park as part of Habitat NI’s latest fundraising event ‘Shack Attack’.

Teams from across the local area came together to take part in the first ever Shack Attack event to raise vital funds for Habitat NI.

They were challenged to design and build a shelter using scrap, used and donated materials.

The teams then braved the elements by camping out in their shacks overnight, experiencing, just for one night, the hardship faced by the millions of families worldwide every day.

Caitriona Hughes, from Magheralin Parish, said: “The whole team really enjoyed being part of Shack Attack. We got to work as a team right through from gathering the materials and designing our shack to fundraising and of course building the shack in Wallace Park.

“Spending the night in our make-shift shelter was a real eye opener and made us all appreciate how difficult life can be without having a decent place to call home. It’s great to know that money we raised will help to build a brighter future for families trapped in poverty housing.”

Dianne Whyte, Corporate Relations Manager at Habitat NI said “Shack Attack was a great success and helped to raise awareness of the global need for decent housing while having a fun filled weekend. A huge thanks to everyone who took part and helped to raise vital funds to support the work for Habitat NI.

“We all spent just one night living in a make-shift shelter but for 1.6 billion people around the world this is the reality of everyday life. Habitat for Humanity has helped more than 4 million people have a safe, decent place to live and the funds raised through Shack Attack will help more families to build their own way out of poverty.”

You can still support everyone who took part in Shack Attack by donating online at www.habitatni.co.uk or text SLUM70 and the amount £5 or £10 to 70070

Habitat for Humanity is a non-denominational Christian housing movement dedicated to eliminating poverty housing and homelessness and to making shelter a matter of conscience and action.

Since 1976 Habitat for Humanity has served 800,000 families worldwide, helping more than four million people have a safe, decent place to live.

Habitat works in partnership with families and communities giving them the hand up they need to build their own way out of poverty.