Event celebrates Community Relations Week

Pictured are Vivienne Abernethy, Rev Jim Harron, Dr Inderjit Bhogal- Leader of Corrymela Centre, Rev Liz Harron and Andrew Dunlop, Jethro Centre Manager.  INLM23-009

Pictured are Vivienne Abernethy, Rev Jim Harron, Dr Inderjit Bhogal- Leader of Corrymela Centre, Rev Liz Harron and Andrew Dunlop, Jethro Centre Manager. INLM23-009

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An evening marking Community Relations Week was held in the Jethro Centre to celebrate the achievements of local groups.

The event was held on Wednesday, May 22 and a capacity audience was in attendance.

The evening was organised to highlight the efforts and achievements made by various local groups via an extensive range of outreach programmes aimed at bringing together different communities, promoting trust, tolerance and mutual esteem.

Presentations included personal accounts of how, via participation in these programmes, individual lives have been transformed.

The audience heard accounts of how genuine friendships are being formed among many young people when they are given the opportunity to meet and to spend time together, enjoying one another’s company.

In his address guest speaker, Dr Inderjit Bhojal, leader of the Corrymeela Community, praised the work being carried out in the spirit of reconciliation in Lurgan and set out the concept of how Lurgan could become a ‘City of Sanctuary’ where all people, regardless of their background, would be made welcome and could live in safety - a truly inspirational challenge to us all.

Lurgan Musical Society entertained everyone with a wonderful selection of songs and the evening ended with an excellent supper upstairs in the Jethro Centre’s Cafe Rhema.

The organisers of this event deeply appreciate the hard work of all those who participated in and who attended our celebration.

Groups which took part in the event included: Community Outreach Group, Lurgan Town Project, YMCA Lurgan, Interact, Lurgan Youth Annexe, Connecting Communities Project, Youth Reach Plus, Mourneview/Grey Estate Community Association, Clann Eireann, Understanding Our Neighbour Project, Lurgan Junior High School TV, St Michael’s Grammar School and Lurgan College, Corrymeela Community, Shankill Parish Caring Association, Taghnevan Community Development Association, Craigavon Borough Council, Irish Churches Peace project and Lurgan Musical Society.