LET­TERS to the ed­i­tor

Bray People - - THENOTEBOOK WICKLOW - Let­tersed­i­tor@peo­ple­news.ie

Dear Ed­i­tor,

I am writ­ing to thank the peo­ple of Co. Wicklow most sin­cerely for the sup­port they have shown for Tró­caire's work through­out 2012.

The eco­nomic en­vi­ron­ment here at home has not been an easy one and this makes the sup­port Wicklow peo­ple have shown even more re­mark­able. Peo­ple from Co. Wicklow have stepped up to the mark and shown an in­cred­i­ble re­gard for, and sol­i­dar­ity with, the world's poor­est peo­ple dur­ing our Len­ten cam­paign, by get­ting in­volved in Trad for Tró­caire and by buy­ing our Christ­mas 'Gifts of Change'.

Clergy, parish­ioners, vol­un­teers, teach­ers, stu­dents, par­ents and many oth­ers have sup­ported Tró­caire's work, which could not con­tinue with­out the gen­eros­ity of Ir­ish peo­ple. Thou­sands of fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties in the de­vel­op­ing world have ben­e­fit­ted from this gen­eros­ity - par­ents are now able to feed their fam­i­lies, chil­dren can go to school and the hu­man rights of the most vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple have been pro­tected. I am de­lighted to be able to con­vey the thanks of the peo­ple we work with to the peo­ple of Co. Wicklow for this sup­port.

In 2013 Tró­caire cel­e­brates 40 years as an agency work­ing in the de­vel­op­ing world. We are proud to work on be­half of the peo­ple of Ire­land and un­der­stand the huge re­spon­si­bil­ity we have to en­sure that money from Co. Wicklow is used ef­fec­tively to help those who need it most. With your con­tin­u­ing sup­port we will keep work­ing for a just world.

We thank your read­ers and wish them all a very happy and peace­ful 2013. Yours sin­cerely, Justin Kil­cullen Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, Tró­caire

Dear Ed­i­tor,

Over the last num­ber of years I have writ­ten to the Wicklow Peo­ple De­cem­ber/Jan­uary thank­ing read­ers for their sup­port dur­ing the year.

Con­cern is heav­ily re­liant on the gen­eros­ity of the Ir­ish pub­lic for the work it does in 25 of the world's poor­est coun­tries. We never take your sup­port for granted. We can't. I have been Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer at Con­cern since 2001. In Fe­bru­ary I leave the aid agency to work as Chair­man of the newly formed Con­sti­tu­tional Con­ven­tion.

It has been an ex­tra­or­di­nary jour­ney where I have wit­nessed some of the great­est pain and suf­fer­ing in the world. But I have also seen first­hand the very best of the hu­man spirit. In the midst of dev­as­tat­ing earth- quakes, hor­ren­dous floods and shock­ing hunger, peo­ple per­form unimag­in­able heroic deeds.

One of the fre­quent ques­tions that all aid agen­cies are asked is how much they spend on ad­min­is­tra­tive costs. For ev­ery euro Con­cern re­ceives, 91 cent goes di­rectly to work in the field - some­thing which gives me great pride.

We are liv­ing in dif­fi­cult eco­nomic times and I am con­scious of the strains placed upon peo­ple and fam­i­lies. I thank you for your con­tin­ued sup­port and wish you a joy­ful and happy New Year. Tom Arnold, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, Con­cern World­wide, Dublin 2.

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