Man who was blinded in Troubles tells story
Tuesday, 3 June 2014
A MAN who was shot and blinded when he was just 10-years-old during the Troubles, will be joined by Gerry Kelly in the Canal Court on Thursday, June 19, to talk about his remarkable journey.
Walking home from school in Derry, Richard Moore was shot at point blank range with a rubber bullet by a British soldier in 1972.
Since then, Richard has overcome adversity, forgiven the soldier who shot him and counts the Dalai Lama amongst his closest friends.
Richard went on to form Children In Crossfire, a charity which supports young children caught in the crossfire of poverty.
“Children in Crossfire supports children who have been caught up in conflicts and we try to raise funds and awareness," he said.
“We're now trying to set up a group in Newry to help raise funds for these innocent children.
“I came down to Newry today to represent the organisation and build on the support already here. People in Newry have been very supportive in the past and we want to build on that."
An evening with Richard Moore will be hosted by broadcaster Gerry Kelly as he chats to Richard. They will be joined by John Lenihan aka May McFettridge, The Voice winner Andrea Begley, Ryan Cinnamond, Gaudeamus Chamber Choir and others for this fantastic evening of entertainment.
“I am delighted to be coming to Newry to join Gerry Kelly to tell my story and to hear from others like Andrea Begley and Ryan Cinnamond both of whom have inspirational stories to tell," said Richard.
“John Lenihan is also a good friend of Children in Crossfire and has been out to our projects in Tanzania as well as getting involved in many of our events at home.
“He has many hilarious tales to tell especially as his alter ego, May McFettridge. I have a great connection to Newry through both friends and fundraisers and I hope it will be a really entertaining evening with great music and chat."
The event begins at 7pm and will run to 9pm. Tickets are priced at £8 each and are available from Jack Murphy Jewellers or by contacting Gemma Murphy on 07872 397 280 or Deborah Loughran on 07834 101 628.
For more information on Children in Crossfire visit www.childrenincrossfire.org
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