South Down Sinn Féin support ’32-32-32′ campaign

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Tuesday, June 5th, 2012
South Down Sinn Féin MLA’s Chris Hazzard and Caitríona Ruane were amongst party colleagues to welcome the 32-32-32 campaign launched last week at Assembly Buildings. The campaign, which is the brain child of prominent Sinn Féin GAA pundit, Barry McElduff, is in conjunction with Simon Community Ireland. Accompanied by renowned GAA figures, McElduff will visit all 32 counties in Ireland over a four day period in July, and along the way will sleep in cardboard boxes in order to highlight the plight of homeless people on Ireland’s streets. Chris Hazzard commented that the initiative was one which would touch every GAA club in Ireland, with a visit to Kilcoo GAC when the contingent passes through Co. Down on the last day of their journey. When visiting their chosen clubs in each county, the group will host a penalty kick. “The group have written to every GAA club in the country requesting a donation of 32euro which will go toward the final amount handed over to Simon Community. Increasingly in these austere times we are seeing people forced out of employment and subsequently, often onto the street. It is a humbling experience to be able to help give a bit of hope back to those who have lost so much.” Caitríona Ruane MLA, who took part in a penalty kick shootout against Deputy First Minister Martin Maginness during the campaign launch, commented; “The winner of this penalty kick is the Simon Community, who do a sterling job in providing a front-line service in the battle against homelessness and the increasing nightmare of home repossession. This campaign is hoped to raise 80,000 euros and I would urge people and our GAA clubs to be generous.”
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