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Maritime charities band together to raise cash while Tall Ships are in Belfast

By Kirsten Elder

Charities in Belfast are banding together to raise cash from the big summer Tall Ships Spectacular.

The Tall Ships Company Ltd has appointed five key maritime charities who will benefit from the event.

They are RNLI Lifeboats, Ocean Youth Trust, The Mission to Seafarers, Sea Cadet Corps and Belfast Lough Sailability.

This is the first time individual charities will be working as a collective and will be holding a variety of fundraising activities leading up to and during the three day extravaganza in Belfast from 2nd to 5th of July.

 “It’s an amazing event for any city to have,” said Gerry Copeland, Belfast City Council City Events Manager.

“In 2009 at the Tall Ships event there were half a million people, and we expect another half a million people at this event.”

He added: “Because the ships leave Belfast on 5 July to make their way to Norway, we expect another half a million people along the Antrim coast and the Causeway coast.”

The ships will be berthed in and around Belfast Harbour and the Titanic Quarter area.

For more information about the Tall Ships Races and for a full list of Ships attending the event please visithttp://www.tallshipsbelfast.com/

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