Black Santa Appeal Brings in Record Sum for Charities

By Lynn Glanville

Black Santa

The 2014 Black Santa Appeal has raised a record sum. The annual sit out outside St Ann’s Church on Dawson Street, Dublin, saw €35,000 being collected,
the largest amount in the appeal’s 13 year history.

The sit out was launched in Dublin by Canon Tommy Haskins and is modelled on a similar appeal which takes place annually outside St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast. The current Vicar of St Ann’s, Canon David Gillespie has continued the tradition of standing outside the church each day in the run up to Christmas and is delighted with the success of the 2014
appeal.

“To raise €35,000 in the times in which we are living is a fantastic result and I am most grateful to all who so generously contributed. Black Santa is now a well established tradition in Dublin and it is great to see people coming back year on year to offer their support,” Canon Gillespie says.

“I am most grateful to all in St Ann’s who helped with the appeal not least Joan Wadsworth, my Churchwarden, who scheduled an unprecedented number of choirs which added greatly to the festive mood in Dawson Street,” he adds.

The Vicar has also paid tribute to the small but …read more

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