A SEVEN-year-old from east Cork has touched the hearts of staff working for aid agency, GOAL, after saving for six months to help them in their work.
Rosie Thompson, from Ballycroneen made the decision to donate to the humanitarian agency after watching an RTÉ programme about their work last year.
Rosie’s mum, Shermin, said her daughter made her mind up ‘’to help children where there is war’’ after seeing the show.
“Rosie is a very compassionate person,” Shermin said. “She just wants everything to be well. “The idea to save money to support GOAL was completely her own.”
The little girl, a first-class pupil in Ballycroneen National School, carefully made a colourful ‘piggy bank’, with the word “GOLE” inscribed in big bold lettering, and a funnel to drop in the money.
Mum said Rosie managed to avoid the temptation of ice-cream and treats, and kept her savings under wraps even during the tempting Christmas period.
Eventually she collected €50 in coins to help the aid agency’s work. She also inspired her younger sibling, Eliza, who has now saved €15 of her own money in aid of GOAL.
GOAL CEO, Siobhan Walsh, said she was extremely moved by Rosie’s thoughtfulness and extraordinary humanity.
“I was truly humbled when I received the wonderful letter from Rosie’s mother with the €50 explaining what she had done,” she said. “Youth are our teachers. They are inspirational and we need to empower them in every way to help change our world.
“I called Rose’s mother after I received her letter. Rosie is an inspiration, a shining light and we need more of these beautiful bright lights to make our world a better place for all. The important lesson here is that every action we take has a reaction and it changes our world. That’s important to remember.”
GOAL currently has humanitarian projects in operation in more than a dozen countries worldwide. One of these, in Syria, is the largest in GOAL’s history.
The country has been engulfed in conflict since 2011, with 500,000 estimated to have lost their lives. More than 13 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, while almost 12 million people have been displaced.
GOAL’s programme is focused on delivering food and non-food items, such as blankets; supporting bakeries to increase the availability of affordable bread; repairing houses; rehabilitating water networks to provide safe water; and supporting livelihoods.
To learn more about GOAL’s humanitarian and development work, please visit http://www.goalglobal.org