Trócaire urges Cork people to support Christmas charity drive

Trócaire urges Cork people to support Christmas charity drive
Dylan Moran (aged 2) with his grandmother Ina Bourke, a Trócaire Cork volunteer from Churchtown, at the Trócaire Centre on Cook Street in Cork City. 

PEOPLE in Cork can change the lives of hundreds of people in the developing world this Christmas, Trócaire has said.

By supporting the Irish charity’s Gifts of Love campaign, we can provide life-saving support to families living in some of the poorest countries in the world.

Launching its 2018 Christmas gifts range, the Irish development agency revealed that generous people in Co Cork spent over €40,000 on the charity’s gift campaign last year.

This allowed Trócaire to bring vital support to more than 1,300 families. The Cork donations provided people in the developing world with clean water, essential seeds and tools, livestock, and help with education. 

“We would like to thank all of our generous supporters who have bought Trócaire Gifts over the years,” Trócaire CEO Caoimhe de Barra said. “The gifts, ranging from soap and chicks through to shelter and water wells, have a huge impact right across the world.

“This vital support helps families living in some of the poorest areas and most testing conditions, including regions in South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Myanmar, Honduras, and Guatemala.”

Since it was first launched in 2000, Trócaire’s Christmas Gifts campaign has sold more than 920,000 gifts and raised almost €38m nationwide for Trócaire’s work supporting families affected by long-term poverty overseas.

Caoimhe added: “I would like to thank the people of Cork for the incredible generosity they continue to show us each Christmas which supports our work in over 20 developing countries.”

There are 14 Trócaire gifts to choose from, ranging in price from €5 to €1,000 such as chicks, beehives and solar lamps. This year, there are also a number of new additions including Help For Grandparents which will support those who are raising their grandchildren in the developing world following the loss of parents to accidents, illness or war.

You can buy Trócaire gifts by calling 1850 408 408, at www.trocaire.org/gifts, from Veritas on Carey’s Lane or in the Trócaire centre at 9 Cook Street, Cork. You can also buy Trócaire One4all gift cards at any Post Office.

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