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Habitat for Humanity - The Big Build 2017

Habitat for Humanity Northern Ireland has once again gone over and above for those less fortunate.  The Big Build 2017 helped put a dent in the housing problem currently faced in Romania.  More than 5 million Romanians live in substandard housing, overcrowded conditions and many are still living without power or sanitation. 

The Habitat model gives families the opportunity to try and turn things around.  It empowers families and communities by giving them the help that they need to build their way out of poverty.  Families are asked to invest their own time and effort into building their home and are asked to pay a price which is affordable to them.  This model is in place so that families have a safe and warm place to call their own whilst ensuring they do not break the bank in the process.

A team of volunteers (including 36 from Northern Ireland) have recently made the trip to Romania to help with the project.  The project was a gargantuan effort by everyone involved and thankfully it deemed a success.  Five days after the project began the Big Build had provided 36 families with a place to call home.  With over 100 children living in the new community, it was only fitting that a play park from Northern Ireland had been donated to the cause.

Volunteers came from across the country and some of the big players across multiple industries pitched in to do their bit with Creagh Concrete sending 13 employees which included MD Seamus McKeague and his brother Paddy.  Other representatives for Northern Ireland included Peter Quinn from QMAC Construction, Richard Oliver from Exorna Kitchens, Mark Emerson from Mid-Ulster Granite and Simon Brown from AB&C Insurance not to mention a host of others who did their bit.

With no less than 450 volunteers onsite each day it is no surprise that the work was wrapped up within five days.  A fantastic achievement for everyone involved. 

You can get involved and help Habitat for Humanity Northern Ireland through the following channels:


With Stores in Young Street, Lisburn & Bridge Retail Park, Larne Road, Ballymena you will find a selection of new and used DIY and home improvement materials at 50-75% lower than retail price.  The shops trade under the name Re-Store.


All products in Re-store are donated by organisations or individuals who want to help improve their community, the environment and the lives of families in need.   


Multiple roles are available for those willing to help out.

Re-Store also has a service which will collect your old kitchen if you are having a new one fitted.  They also offer a large selection of upcycled furniture available at their stores.


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