Kind-hearted young Faith in fundraising quest to help the homeless

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Kind-hearted young Faith in fundraising quest to help the homeless thumbnailFaith Reilly, a pupil of Sion Mills Primary School

A KIND-hearted 10-year-old with a determination to help others and those less fortunate is nearing the end of a fundraising quest to raise awareness and money for the homeless.

Faith Reilly, a pupil of Sion Mills Primary School, has been busy raising money in support of Noel Johnston's 1,000 mile walk around the coast of Ireland. He is also raising money for the The Simon Community.

The local girl's fundraising for the great cause will culminate with a coffee evening event in Lisnafin Community Centre this Sunday afternoon.

The event is running from 3pm until 6pm with everyone urged to turn out in support of Faith and her cause.

Speaking on Monday, Faith's mum, Maria, said she and her family are immensely proud of her charitable daughter.

"It was after Christmas that Faith started talking about the homeless and wanting to work with them. She said she wanted to go and meet with people who are homeless and buy them ice-cream with her birthday money.


"She's a caring wee girl and is just determined to do what she can to help others.

"We had been looking at ways for her do so something and then we came across a post from Noel on Facebook. She has been really inspired by him and was delighted when she met him as he walked through Sion as part of his walk on Easter Sunday.

"On the day she wrote him a letter and donated her birthday money. She also accompanied him as he walked from Sion to Clady. Ever since she has been in constant contact with him and following his journey.

"It's all she talks about 24/7 and we're so proud of her. It's such a great cause to support.

"She's also held a bag packing event and Sunday is really a final event for everyone to come together with Faith and finish her fundraising. All proceeds will go to Noel and his fundraising."

As well as the bake sale, Maria says there will also be a raffle which has been supported by a number of business including a 25 voucher from Foyleside Shopping Centre.

"Everyone seems to have been getting behind Faith so hopefully there will be a good turnout on Sunday. Everyone is welcome to come along.

"I have to say a huge thank-you so far to everyone who has supported the event and Faith's fundraising," Maria added.


Faith's efforts have also caught the eye of Mr Johnston who this week took time out from his journey in Cork to post a Facebook video urging people to make a big effort to support her.

"If you can't go down, donate. This is a 10-year-old girl who wants to try and do something positive and wants to help the homeless.

"When a child does something like that, even if you can't donate just go down and say hello to her and tell her 'good job Faith'," he told followers.

Damien Gavigan, from Lisnafin Community Centre, has also urged people from Strabane and the wider district to support the event.

"Everyone is trying to get behind this little 10 year-old girl to make her event a success," he said.

"She has been fundraising and bag packing and this event that she organised will be the end of her three week fundraising. Everyone is more than welcome to come along.

"Support Noel Johnston - #walkhomeforhomelessness - even the smallest donation can make a huge difference to this very worthy cause."

If you would like to volunteer for this event please get in touch with Omagh Volunteer Centre on 028 82240772 or ring Maria on 07874094338.

Also, any donations of buns/cakes or sponsorship towards the raffle are welcome.


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