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You gotta have Faith…

Nadine McLaughlin with Sean, Ethan and Tyler in the games room. DR45

SION Mills most benign ten year-old continued her mission to help the homeless with a much anticipated coffee evening in recent days.

And while this particular part of her fund-raising may have come to an end Faith Riley’s campaign against homelessness is by no means over as she looks toward realising her altruistic ambitions in the near future.

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According to Faith, her three week fund-raising mission for the Simon Community has been both fun and extremely rewarding.

“The whole experience was amazing,” she said. “For the coffee evening, I was worried not many would come, but lots of people came in the end and we got lots of support locally. Family, friends and a lot of local people came and even my teacher made the journey down to attend. I gave a speech and was happy there were so many people there to hear it.

“All in all, it was a lot of work and my mum and I spent a long time baking buns and getting things organised. It was all worth it in the end.”
Along with a successful coffee evening, Faith has been busy packing bags and even donated her birthday money in aid of the Simon Community. For her, such endeavours are only the start of her charitable plans.

“I am keen to raise awareness of homelessness because I feel it is something we can tackle if we work together. In the future I would like to go into schools and try and convince others to join me in my mission to help the Simon Community. I want to climb Mount Errigal for the homeless and I would also like to join Noel Johnston, who also raises money for the Simon Community, in one of his walks. Noel has been an inspiration to me.”

As for Faith’s mother, Maria, she couldn’t be prouder.

“It is amazing what Faith has done and I am so proud of her,” she said. “This is her first charity endeavour and she was so determined to make it a success. She knows what she wants to do and what she has to do to achieve it.

“She is a fantastic girl with a big heart and ambitions, and she is already talking about what she wants to do next. Suffice to say, myself, our family and the Strabane community will be behind her every step of the way.

”Faith and I would like to thank all those who supported us, and in particular the Lisnafin Community Centre, Damien from Lisnafin, family, friends and to all the business who supported Faith’s mission and donated raffle prizes.”

Fresh from a a fund-raising walk around Ireland, Simon Community advocate Noel Johnston extended his appreciation to Faith. “I’d like to thank Faith and her family for all their work. It is brilliant to see a young girl do such good work and spread a positive message, and her efforts certainly raise awareness for an extremely good cause.”

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