World renowned actor Liam Neeson has awarded the students of Portrush Primary School an “Oscar” for the concerts that they organised to help raise money for the Simon Community, a homeless charity with a branch in Coleraine.
The school decided to contact the Ballymena born actor knowing that he does a lot of work for homeless charities.
While Mr Neeson was not able to attend the concert, he did send a reply to the school which reads:
Dear Karen- I’m sorry that I wasn’t able to send you this message before your school’s two performances, which, I believe, finished last night.
I do hope they went more than well and that your primary school children performed with energy and excitement and that your audiences were appreciative. How terrific youse are helping your local Simon community through those school shows. Homelessness is a tragedy and many people find themselves on the streets for various reasons.
The real tragedy is that most times we walk past these people as if they didn’t exist and generally don’t give them a moments thought. By highlighting their plight you and your wonderful children are helping to restore their dignity and self worth, no matter how small that gesture may be.
Many congratulations and I hope you carry on this Christmas tradition every year.
Thankyou for reaching out and sharing. You and your primary school definitely get the’Oscar’ from me!
Happy and healthy C’mas and new year.
Warmest regards Liam Neeson