Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 12 July 2014

Mr Gay Derry holds fundraiser

Smallman to represent North West

Bogside man James Smallman will represent the North West in the Mr Gay Ireland competition this month, with a fundraiser taking place in Sandino’s tonight.

The 22-year-old Mr Derry entrant will be the third man to represent the city in the charity competition, the finals of which will be staged in Dublin on October 25 and 26.

James’ fundraiser in Sandino's Bar will include acts Connor Kelly, Firequeen and Ann Harley.

Mr Smallman is currently a volunteer with The Rainbow Project at its Queen Street premises in the city centre.

He was also secretary of this year’s Foyle Pride committee.

He said: “I am really looking forward to it. It gives me a chance to to do a bit of fundraising for Aids/HIV charities in Ireland and I’ve been a part of the Foyle Pride so this keeps the visibility going.

“When we get there to Dublin, radio interviews will be held on the Saturday and then on Sunday it starts at 12pm and goes right through to the final. It should be good craic.”

The Annual Mr Gay Ireland competition has so far raised £40,000 for Aids/HIV charities.

One of the projects to have benefited is a programme called the New Fill Project.

This programme, delivered through St James' Hospital, Dublin, helps to offset the worst effects of Lipodystrophy, a condition that commonly affects people living with HIV.

The Mr Gay Ireland competition is not for profit, providing valuable cash and exposure for Irish charities.

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