The Lord Mayor of Belfast is urging residents across the city to extend the hand of friendship over the Christmas period and throughout 2011.
In his festive message, Councillor Pat Convery said: “As good neighbours I hope that we can all extend the hand of friendship to those within our community most in need of our support.
“At this time of year it is especially poignant to think of those who are most vulnerable — such as the homeless, the elderly and the ill — and do what we can to ease their plight.
“We all have a part to play in making sure that people within our community do not feel lonely, isolated or excluded.”
The Lord Mayor has spent his seven months as first citizen endorsing his ‘Working for Belfast’ theme. “Since being elected Lord Mayor I have seen at first hand the incredible work being done by local charities and voluntary groups to help others.
“I have also been inspired by the dedication of our commercial sector and those making a real difference to our city’s economy,” he said.
“Organisations across Belfast — in every sector — are making an incredible effort, often in difficult circumstances.
“By working together, it is my belief that we can help create a better city for all. Through a shared belief in everyone and a commitment that everyone has an equal right to thrive in our city, I feel optimistic that this can be achieved.
“It is my Christmas wish that all of the citizens in every part of Belfast achieve all that they dream and hope for in 2011.”