Belfast Telegraph

Community relations week tackles the bigots

By Claire Regan
07 March 2005

Thousands of people across Northern Ireland were today set to "engage in a major assault on sectarianism and racism" during the biggest week in the community relations calendar.

Community Relations Week, organised by the Community Relations Council (CRC), will feature over 150 events across Northern Ireland, starting this morning.

Events will include the launch of research into the attitudes of young people in Northern Ireland towards community relations, ethnic celebrations, cultural events, political debates and sports events.

The first of the week is the raising of the frames of two new houses at Habitat for Humanity's site at Lupus Grove in Ligoniel, part of a cross community project to build houses in Ligoniel and Ballysillan.

Peter Farquharson, Habitat for Humanity executive director, said that building in the two areas simultaneously, volunteers and families may cross over and work on both projects at the same time.

Duncan Morrow said that the week will illustrate and celebrate the often unsung work that goes on to help break down division here.

"The One Small Step Campaign has been encouraging everyone in society to take steps to help build a shared future for Northern Ireland and we hope that Community Relations Week will be an opportunity for organisations and individuals to illustrate the steps that they are taking," he said.

"Much of the work that is being put on display in community relations week is carried out on a daily basis and is making a significant contribution to community stability and the push towards a better, stable Northern Ireland," he added.

A full listing of Community Relations Week events is available at www.community-relations.org.uk.

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