The people of Donegal have donated a massive €8.5 million to Concern over the last ten years.
And the people of the Twin Towns area have every reason to be proud of themselves, having raised nearly €1m for Concern Worldwide over the last 30 yeas.
Concern invites you to a special event on Friday evening in Ballybofey, where you will have an opportunity to find out where that money goes and what impact it is having.
Concern has organised an event in the Villa Rose Hotel from 7pm to thank donors and to show how their support has helped millions of people, both during emergencies and through on-going development work.
You’ll hear about people like 9-year-old Jeremy Majaliwa (pictured). His grandmother Sauda Ntakiteye, who is 45, is HIV positive and has lost six children, including Jeremy’s mother to AIDS. Concern sponsored vegetable gardens and livestock enabled her antiretroviral medicine to work. She is now a progressive farmer in her village, supporting others in farming and HIV counselling in Nyankwi Village, Kibondo.
“What the Twin Towns Concern Group of Ballybofey and Stranorlar has done over the last 30 years is really phenomenal, Concern CEO Dominic MacSorley said.
He added: “Indeed, the generosity of people throughout Donegal is astounding. I can assure you that the money is being spent towards the vital humanitarian and development work that Concern is doing in the poorest places on earth.”
Mr MacSorley will be accompanied by Concern Chairperson, Frances O’Keeffe and Evanna Barry from Mountcharles, who has recently returned from a visit to Concern’s programmes in Zambia. Journalist Pat McArt will be hosting the event.
You can also join the Twin Towns Concern Action group just over the road in the Butt Hall building this Friday from 10am to 7pm and on Saturday from 10am to 2pm where you will have a chance to find out more about the group. An exhibition including photographs and press cuttings of their activities over the years will be on display.