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Fab Friday Christmas Fair in Armagh will raise money to help less fortunate in Malawi

Malawi Project's latest fundraiser to take place at Clover Day Centre at St Luke's Hospital

A Christmas Fair to raise money for the Malawi Project will take place in Armagh this Friday, November 16.

It is due to be held at the Clover Day Centre at St Luke’s Hospital.

There will be a variety of Christmas gifts on offer including beauty sets, Yankee candles, Christmas decorations, cut glass, jewellery and more.

There will also be clothing and bric-a-brac, old and new, for sale.

It will be a great opportunity to grab a bargain, enter the festive spirit and enjoy teas, coffees, cakes and mince pies while helping the Malawai Project help others.

The Malawi Project is a charitable organisation founded two years ago to bring aid and relief to those less fortunate.

It works on the basis of “giving a hand up, not a hand out”, with the old adage ‘Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day, teach a man how to fish and he will eat for life’ ringing true.

The charity was formed in 2016 by a group of trade unionists from the Northern Ireland Public Service Alliance, who were quickly joined by friends and colleagues from other unions and walks of life.

Over the past three years the group have fundraised almost £250,000 to support children, families and communities in Malawi in east Africa.

Each year a group of 15 people have travelled to Malawi to visit projects supported by the fundraising efforts.

Solar panels, a fresh water supply and a garden have been put into an orphanage housing 40 young women and girls. Last year the group bought a 37 acre farm, which produced enough crops to ensure food security for the girls for the next year – a first in the lives of the children and workers.

All are invited to Friday’s Christmas Fair to help raise money and support the ongoing work.

The event – which takes place from 10am until 2pm – will take place whatever the weather.

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