SARI is honoured to be part of the Love/Hate 'Coola Boola' Xmas hat fundraiser.The brainchild of the Love/Hate team, and commissioned by the Love/Hate producers and RTÉ, the Blue santa hat is on sale at major retail outlets. All profits from the hat will go directly to the Peter McVerry Trust and to SARI, two charities chosen by the Love/Hate team.

As a special Christmas treat for all Love/Hate fans, and  to mark the launch of this charity initiative, actor Peter Coonan who stars as 'Fran' in the series will make personal appearances on Saturday 7th December in Golden Discs Blanchardstown (from 11 - 12 noon ) and Easons in Dundrum Town Centre (from 2:30 - 3:30). 

The Peter McVerry Trust was established in 1983 to tackle homelessness, drug misuse and social disadvantage. It offers pathways out of homelessness based on the principles of the Housing First model and within a framework that is based on equal opportunities, dignity and respect. In 2012 the charity worked with 3,500 individuals of whom 74% were aged between 18-35. 

SARI is an anti-racism NGO, which promotes and supports cultural integration and social inclusion through sport. Amongst its aims are to present sporting and cultural events that bring people together from different cultures and backgrounds, and to create opportunities for young people to participate in social integration projects at home and abroad.  In addition they promote intercultural dialogue and celebrate cultural diversity through projects in schools.

"I'm delighted to be involved in raising money for both of  these fantastic charities, which are really worthy causes, and hope all Love/Hate fans support both the Peter McVerry Trust and SARI and have a Coola Boola Christmas!", Peter Coonan, (Fran), Love/Hate.