The famous Black Santa barrel that features in the annual Christmas charity sit-out is being used to help the people of Haiti following this week's disastrous earthquake.
The Church of Ireland Dean of Belfast Houston McKelvey has announced that a ‘barrel for Haiti’ has been placed inside the door of the cathedral for members of the public, companies, clubs and schools who wish to help the victims of the earthquake.
Cathedral stewards and staff will welcome visitors and gift aid envelopes are available. The cathedral is open from 10am-4pm on weekdays and from 10am-1pm and 3pm-4.30pm on Sundays.
Dean McKelvey said: “The initiative is in response to members of the public who contacted me and who pledged their support. All donations will be forwarded through the well-established bona fide relief agencies.”
The dean and cathedral staff and helpers staged a similar appeal in 2004 and raised a large sum for the victims of the Asian tsunami.
The dean said that the recent annual Christmas sit-out had raised £250,000 for various charities.
He added: “Once again the people of this community have been extremely generous. The economic depression had no effect on the outcome and we have been greatly encouraged by the spirit of the contributors.”