The family of the late Christy Gallagher are aiming to finish their Christmas charity fund raising campaign on a high on Thursday December 22nd by filling Guildhall Square with over 1,000 of Santa’s ‘little helpers’.
Christy passed away after contracting Malaria while on holiday in Thailand ten years ago and his parents Martin and Mary have honoured his memory by collecting money in the run up to Christmas for their chosen charities outside the Guildhall since 2010.
This year they have set an ambitious target of raising over £10,000 for Children in Crossfire.
To help that bid, on the final day of their Santa collection, a ‘Super Fundraiser’ event will take place at 1pm where local people are invited to congregate in Guildhall Square in Christmas hats and hand over a minimum of £10 raised for the appeal.
Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Alderman Hilary McClintock, encouraged local people to enter the spirit of giving this Christmas by supporting the appeal which began on November 17th.
“The Gallagher family have braved the elements outside the Guildhall to raise thousands of pounds for charities for the last seven years,” she said. “The money raised this year will go a long way towards providing better Health Care provisions for young people in three areas of need in Tanzania, Ethiopia and Gambia.”
The money raised in this year’s appeal will help fund the nurse training, stocking of clinics and the installation of clean water in the three target projects.
The Gallagher family would like to thank the Mayor for her donation of a Christmas tree and sweets for children to help this year’s appeal, the Guildhall staff at the Guildhall for their support and Richard Moore and the team at Children in Crossfire.
Anyone who can’t make it to Guildhall Square can donate to the charity by texting SBFA68 to 70070.