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Flash mob in Birmingham

March 06 2012
Activists and friends sang and danced to mark Poverty and Homelessness Action Week


Seventeen members of the Birmingham Christian Homeless Forum and friends gathered in the city centre of Birmingham on 4 February to sing and dance to a medley of songs to mark Poverty and Homelessness Action Week.

The flash mob gathered outside the Bullring shopping centre to raise awareness of homelessness, with a mission to “break down the barriers between people; enabling excluded people to live full lives”.

One of the event organisers, Lydia Townhill, said of the spectacle: “Our flash mob was an exciting opportunity to gather a group of people who are passionate about making a change in this country and showing how much we care. In the freezing weather conditions we are experiencing, our concern is especially for those who are sleeping rough and those who cannot afford to heat their houses. We wanted to get across to people the idea that everyone has a responsibility to make a difference for good in our society, and that all of us have the capacity to do it. We took the public by surprise and hopefully made them take notice of the important issues that Poverty and Homelessness Action Week is highlighting”.