Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 2 September 2015

Frugal lunches raise £100,000 for aid appeal

Published 16/05/2009

A group of Lisburn women have raised nearly £100,000 in bread and cheese lunches to help Christian Aid’s overseas development work.

The lunches began in 1981 when Lisburn mother Hazel McCall read a series of articles in the Belfast Telegraph by Alf McCreary who was on an extended trip with Christian Aid to the Third World.

Hazel McCall told the Belfast Telegraph: “I was so moved as a young mother when I read about the plight of the mothers overseas who could not feed their children, that I decided to try to do something practical about it back home.”

With a few friends she started bread and cheese lunches in the hall of the First Presbyterian Church in Lisburn. She said: “We charged 75p for the lunch, and this has risen to £3.50 today, but it is still good value for money.”

Now several teams of women, and some men, take turns to hold the lunches. Hazel said: “We are hoping to edge over the £100,000 mark soon, and will still carry on for as long as we can.”

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