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.”