Posted on Wednesday 12 December 2012 by Shelter NI
The past 12 months have been somewhat of a whirlwind at the Shelter NI offices and we have only just started to reflect on the great year we have had. Here's what happened with our fundraising, events and volunteering this year.
We were fortunate to receive a legacy of £180 from the estate of Denis McCurley for which we are grateful. Like many charities, Shelter NI receives on-going support from people who regularly donate amounts from their income on a frequent basis. In addition £750 was received from the Black Santa. Shelter NI wishes to place its thanks on record to all donors including St Matthew's Parish Broomhedge, Lisburn, Council for the Homeless, Downey House School and Moneyreagh NSP Church and Hutchinson Engineering whose donations totalled £2,288.30. Special thanks to new donor Leslie Marriott donated £500.
This year we have been focusing on recruiting and inspiring volunteers to help us with our fundraising.
The culmination of six months hard work resulted in our Swing for Shelter NI show on Saturday 16th June. Oh what a night! Vintage attired guests danced the night away at Swing for Shelter NI's charity gala at the Stormont Hall Hotel. Kicking off the evening was Gullion Style Events' performance, charting the story of an Irish émigré couple seeking success in the US and showcasing styles from the daring twenties through to the glamorous fifties.
Thanks to Lynda Strain, makeup artist and owner of Slieve Gullion Springs Salon, Maria Campbell owner of Scissor sisters’ salon, Kathleen McCreesh, photography, Kerrie Marie Boyle and the models at Gullion style photography events for their incredible hard work and dedication donated voluntarily. As well as the amazing Burlesque Belles dance troupe who spiced up the night. The night itself raised just under £2000.
Also many thanks to the sponsors of our raffle prizes- GBL Productions, Skandia Restaurants, Cayenne, Newforge House, Direct Wine Shipments, Conwell Dance, Lagan Boat company, Scrabo golf club, Holistic Choices, John Barr cars and Crabtree and Evelyn.
June was a busy month, as well as Swing for Shelter NI we also held ‘Rock for Shelter NI’ which was a fundraising night at Auntie Annies showcasing local bands. A great night was held by all and we raised £403!
In September, we attended the Freshers’ volunteer fairs to recruiting our new volunteers for the next year. We had a great response from the campuses across Northern Ireland including Magee, Coleraine and Queens. We have now three student fundraising teams who are planning fundraising activities throughout the year starting with a fundraising quiz ‘Quizmas' took place on Monday 3rd December as part of Homeless Awareness Week in Belfast, Magee and Coleraine. The quizzes raised £106 in total.
On 30th September, our volunteers Lauren Lynch and Michael Rodgers took part in the first abseil down Belfast Castle fundraising money for Shelter NI. Despite not so great weather, the brave two managed to rappel their way down despite some last minute nerves from Lauren.
We also arranged two collections, the first collection was in Asda Dundonald and raised £303, Saturday 1st September and the second was a bag pack at the Shore road, Asda, with help from volunteers and Westway Youth on Saturday 17th November we raised £1095.20. Westway Youth are a Belfast based Youth fellowship who as part of their community service project a month and have offered their help in the future.
We have future bag pack coming up in Marks and Spencer, date to be confirmed and also we have applied for a series of street collections in Belfast City Centre, the next one is Tuesday 4th December. They are two planned for next year, Saturday 9th February and 27th April.
If you would like to get involved in the fun and volunteer for Shelter NI, please contact Claire on 028 90 247752 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Shelter NI would like to thank all the donors and volunteers for their support over the last year and to wish them a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.