CTZN Celebrates the Life of Rob O’Connor and Supports Homelessness Charity Emmaus

On Saturday 26 May, Chelmsford bar, CTZN will be celebrating the life of Rob O’Connor, a local homeless man who was originally from Canada by holding a pizza giveaway event. Rob O’Connor sadly passed away on Friday 23 February and was found in a shop doorway opposite CTZN after temperatures dropped to -2 °C.
During the event, CTZN is opening its doors for visitors from 12pm until 8pm and will be giving away free pizza. The team will be accepting donations and 100% of the money raised will be donated to the charity Emmaus. Emmaus is working to combat homelessness by offering homeless people more than just a bed for one night. The charity works hard to provide a home, meaningful work and a sense of belonging for these individuals.
Ian Rudgeley, Owner of CTZN Bar, says: “We were devastated to hear that Rob O’Connor had sadly passed away back in February, especially in such close proximity to CTZN. We feel passionate about working with the community to raise the all important funds to help people like Rob combat homelessness. We hope that we will be joined by many members of the public on Saturday to show a small act of kindness to help change the lives of many people.”
Glen Ferns, Fundraiser and Communications leader for Emmaus Lambeth comments: “We were moved when CTZN approached us regarding the pizza giveaway event. Tradegies such as this highlight that it is more important than ever for the community to come together to combat issues such as homelessness. Donations are extremely important for Emmaus and it makes the work we do possible. Emmaus communities offer people companionionship, a room of their own, food, clothing and a weekly allowance. Being on your own can have real effects on a person’s mental health and we are delighted to be working with CTZN on this occasion.”