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fighting poverty Boxer Carl Frampton throws support behind latest emergency food bank

'Everyone at the food bank is a credit, especially Rab himself'

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Former World Boxing Champion Carl Frampton gives a Rab Magennis a helping hand at Rab's Emergency Homeless Weekend Food Bank in North Belfast, with the  rising demand for Families using food banks.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker

Former World Boxing Champion Carl Frampton gives a Rab Magennis a helping hand at Rab's Emergency Homeless Weekend Food Bank in North Belfast, with the rising demand for Families using food banks. Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker

Former World Boxing Champion Carl Frampton gives a Rab Magennis a helping hand at Rab's Emergency Homeless Weekend Food Bank in North Belfast, with the rising demand for Families using food banks. Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker

Boxer Carl Frampton has another fight on his hands – but this time it’s against poverty.

The north Belfast sports star has thrown his support behind Northern Ireland’s last emergency food bank which opened its doors last week.

Crippling energy and fuel costs are leaving more and more people with empty cupboards – the choice to heat or eat for many is rising by the day.

People are struggling and Carl is determined to help as many as he can by working alongside Rab Maginnis who has set up the food bank on Belfast’s Ashfield Gardens, off Skegoneill Avenue.

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Former World Boxing Champion Carl Frampton and Rab Magennis 
Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker

Former World Boxing Champion Carl Frampton and Rab Magennis Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker

Former World Boxing Champion Carl Frampton and Rab Magennis Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker

And Carl says he is only too aware how many families are suffering and what needs to be done to help.

“What is being done here at the food bank is amazing and I will support it to the best of my ability. It’s a shame that it has come to this, Rab is brilliant, he is not in the best of health himself but he is helping families who need help. I’m glad to support him,” Carl said.

“There are people, families that need a hand-out for fuel, electricity, food but many people think they are spongers. They are not. People say get a job, some have, many have but they can’t cover their bills. They are struggling to keep a roof over their heads.”

Carl, from nearby Tigers Bay, says that while never growing up rich, he never wanted for anything.

“My family were never rich. We grew up on a council estate, but I always had food on the table. I don’t remember food banks, sadly that is not the case now.

“Everyone at the food bank is a credit, especially Rab himself,” he said.

Founder of Rab’s Foodbank, Rab Maginnis, has been working for deprived people since the beginning of Covid. Homeless, heroin addicts and those in desperate need of help to furnish and heat their homes, he has strived to make their lives easier.

The food bank is the latest string to his charity bow.

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“This is for everyone, north, south, west and east Belfast. Both sides of the community. We know there are so many people out there who are struggling to put food on their tables every night and that’s why I have set up the first emergency food bank here.

“I know of one couple who both have jobs who are struggling to buy food. You keep hearing it, to heat or eat, but this is the case for so many. The support we have had from the community is amazing, people want to help others,” Rab said.

“Carl has offered us so much help. He says he will support us and do what he can on social media too.”

paula.mackin@sundayworld.com

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