Carol concert set to raise cash for homeless people in Dublin

published on 5 Dec 2014

The Salvation Army in Dublin is gearing up for its Christmas carol fundraiser to help tackle homelessness in the city.

The annual event has been running for more than 10 years and has raised tens of thousands of pounds for projects that support homeless men and women.

This year's event takes place tomorrow (Saturday December 6) at St Ann's Church, with music from the Rathmines Folk Group and The Salvation Army’s Lurgan corps band.

The free concert starts at 7pm and members of the public are welcome to attend. A collection for the work of The Salvation Army in Dublin will be taken.

This year's event will screen a video featuring the various Salvation Army services and those who have benefitted from the donations.

Money raised from the concert will go to The Salvation Army’s Granby Centre, Lefroy House and York House – which between them provide 200 beds for people of all ages.

Major Stuart Dicker, leader of The Salvation Army’s Dublin City church, said: “The Salvation Army's three centres in Dublin are more than hostels or shelter for the night. They get people’s lives back on track.
“Our centres offer accommodation for anyone in need of housing. But, more than this, we offer activities and training to help improve the self-esteem, mental health and employment prospects of our service users.

“People who attend our carol services are always happy to give generously and help us continue our social work in the Republic of Ireland.”

Among the traditional Christmas carols at this month’s event will be Silent Night, Joy to the World and The Calypso Carol (See him lying on a bed of straw).