A campaigner in East Belfast has been buried alive to help spread an important message.
His name is John Edwards, a devoted Christian, he will spend the next two days buried in a coffin beside Willowfield Church to help raise awareness for those suffering from addiction and depression. John was a former addict, and founded the charity Walking Free with the aim of helping people who are suicidal and those with addiction, will live stream help and advice to addicts from inside his coffin.
While he is buried alive in the coffin, John will broadcast stories of hope to addicts from his coffin to help those who are struggling with addiction.
He said, “I’m a former addict and I’ve been clean and sober for 25 years, I’m making a very large coffin, I’m burying it in East Belfast and I’m going to live in it for three days. My plan is to speak to them from the grave before they get there and show them hope.”
It is a radical move to help people, but he is been contacted by people who are either suicidal or who know friends or family who are in worst state of addiction.
The coffin was prepared for the stunt as JCBs dug a hole to accommodate the coffin, he will be able to sit up in as well as lie down and connected with electricity and broadband. It will be broadcasted on a live stream from the coffin on the Walking Free website and live on Facebook .
He coffin is equipped to take calls, emails, Skype and texts from people around the world, people will be able to share their stories through the coffin live streaming and will reach millions of people.
“His journey of hope into the coffin starts of Ash Wednesday which is the beginning of Lent and will last for three days, it carry with it a message of hope for those who are struggling with addictions, hope for those who feel life is hopeless, and hope of life that is eternal,” says David McClay, Willowfield Rector.
You can find the coffin at Willowfield Parish Church on My Lady’s Road, also follow the live stream on social media:
More information can be found at www.walkingfree.org.