The Auction

The charity auction will be the final event before the closing ceremony. We have many amazing items already lined up for you to bid on, so be sure to try and save some money over the course of the weekend for this epic event.

We will have more details of the items available for auction closer to the event. Expect a preliminary list soon.

If you are interested in helping with the charity auction and would like to donate something please contact Declan at convention@the-arcade.ie

The Charity

belong to logo While @rcadeCon endeavours to be one of the best weekends in 2011, packed full of fun, shenanigans, gaming, cosplaying and good old fashioned Irish craic we also plan on doing our part and giving back to the community.
Throughout the weekend we will be doing our best to raise the profile of our chosen charity - BeLonG To, a youth service and organisation aimed at promoting the well being of young Irish lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people.

We will also be raising money for the organisation and proceeds from some of the events you will be able to attend (including the auction) will be donated directly to help this service continue provide its much needed work.

What is BeLonG To?

“BeLonG To is an organisation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) young people, aged between 14 and 23.

BeLonG To is a national youth service for Lesbian Gay Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) young people in Ireland. We believe that LGBT young people need to be respected and cared for on the same basis as all other young people, and that when they are safe and supported in their families, schools & society they will thrive as healthy and equal citizens.

To get there we provide direct youth work services to LGBT young people in Dublin and support LGBT youth groups all around the country. These are spaces where LGBT young people can meet each other, get involved in activities and see that their identities and selves are valuable and important.

Because we believe that the problems which LGBT young people experience are largely due to negative societal attitudes, we also work to change these attitudes. This is done by training teachers and youth workers, running awareness campaigns in schools and youth services and working with government departments to ensure that LGBT young people are heard so that positive social change occurs.”


Taken from one of BeLonG To’s most recent campaigns ‘Stand Up’ is a short film that tackles the issue of homophobic bullying, please take a few minutes to watch the clip if you can:

Why did you pick BeLonG To?

We can all recall the sad events of 2010 when so many young gay people took their lives due to bullying and the pressures they faced in their daily routines. This is however not just a random series of unfortunate deaths, these losses occur every day, young people broken down by bullying and torment.

A lot of change has been made in the last few years and while attitudes to gay people have improved and become more open, a lot more work is needed to ensure that each new generation of young gay people are safe, secure and happy in themselves.

The service BeLonG To provides is needed now more than ever, Ireland is changing for the better every day as is the attitude towards gay people thanks in part to the work and services provided by the people at BeLonG To.

How can I contact BeLonG To?

If you would like to contact BeLonG To please do so by calling: 01 670 6223
Alternatively you may visit their website, www.belongto.org

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