Ulster Rugby Christmas present appeal for Include Youth

Ulster Rugby's Wiehahn Herbst, Tommy Bowe and Rodney Ah You with Selin Edemen and Andon Shqypi from Include Youth at the launch of Pass a Present Christmas Appeal. Picture by John Dickson

ULSTER Rugby are appealing for help in bringing festive cheer to young people in care this Christmas.

The team have joined forces with Include Youth in calling for donations of unwrapped gifts for the Ulster Rugby's Christmas Present Appeal.

The festive campaign aims to help children and young people living in care or away from their families across Northern Ireland.

Ulster supporters attending the Harlequins match this Friday are encouraged to buy an unwrapped gift for a young person in care and bring it along with them.

Include Youth supports approximately 500 young people every year, who are in care or from disadvantaged situations, through employability projects.

Paddy Mooney from Include Youth said: "Following the huge success of last year's Christmas Present Appeal, we are once again asking Ulster Rugby's generous fan base to buy an extra gift for a teenager or young adult in order to help us ensure that each young person has something to open on Christmas morning.

"To get involved, simply buy a present suitable for a young person aged 16-24 years, valued at £10-£15 and bring it along to one of the matches before Christmas.”

Ulster Rugby president Graffin Parke praised the "fantastic service" delivered by Include Youth in helping young people from disadvantaged communities across Northern Ireland.

"Their work is especially important at Christmas when feelings of isolation can be worst for those who don't have families around them," he said.

"We encourage all fans to consider getting involved in this very worthwhile cause and help us bring a little festive joy to young people in care this winter."

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