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Self Help Africa

10th Aug 2021

Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Kate Nicholl took a trip down memory lane with a visit to Self Help Africa Northern Ireland’s bookstore on Belfast’s Botanic Avenue. She spent many an hour in the store as a teenager and got to know some of the volunteers who are still devoting their time to the charity today.

Welcoming the Lord Mayor to the bookstore, Gerard Magee, Head of Retail, Self Help Africa Northern Ireland, said: “It’s such a privilege to welcome the Lord Mayor of Belfast to Self Help Africa Northern Ireland’s Botanic Avenue bookstore. I understand she frequently visited the shop as a teenager, forming a great bond with the volunteers and staff. They often reminisce about her volunteering in the shop and have such fond memories, so they are honoured that she has taken time to come back and visit them in her capacity as Lord Mayor of our city, recognising their dedication and commitment to volunteering and to hear how the work of Self Help Africa Northern Ireland has evolved over the years.”

Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Kate Nicholl said: “It’s fantastic to stop in and meet the wonderful staff at the Self Help Africa bookstore. I spent many hours of my youth volunteering at the store stacking shelves, while getting to know the many other fantastic volunteers. They all have a strong passion for raising awareness of the plight of the many disadvantaged rural farmers and their families across Africa. The funds raised by the bookstore is vital to supporting the excellent fundraising efforts of the charity. I would encourage everyone to stop by and check out the selection of books they have on offer and to lend your support to Self Help Africa.”

Self Help Africa Northern Ireland is a leading international development charity with expertise in small-scale farming and growing family-farm businesses. Motivated by injustice, by expertise in small-scale agriculture and family-farm business, Self Help Africa Northern Ireland helps small farmers change the lives of their families.

Dedicated to ending hunger and poverty in rural Africa, Self Help Africa Northern Ireland shops are located in Ballynahinch; Bangor; Belfast – Andersonstown, Ballyhackamore, Botanic, Cregagh; Dunmurry; Holywood and Lisburn.

If you would like further information about becoming a Self Help Africa Northern Ireland volunteer, please contact Gerard on tel 07712 816376.