Ap­peal to help African fam­i­lies in need

Bray People - - NEWS -

LAST Christ­mas Wick­low res­i­dents showed their gen­eros­ity by donat­ing 185 chick­ens to needy fam­i­lies in Africa through World Vi­sion Ire­land.

The chick­ens will pro­vide im­pov­er­ished fam­i­lies with a long-term food sup­ply along with a steady form of in­come.

Ev­ery gift World Vi­sion Ire­land of­fers has been re­quested by the com­mu­ni­ties we work with. All gifts, in­clud­ing live­stock, are sourced lo­cally which saves on shipping and en­sures the an­i­mals are suited to the cli­mate. It also helps to in­ject some money into the lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment.

The char­ity is aware that times are tough for many peo­ple in Ire­land, so a num­ber of life-chang­ing but af­ford­able gifts have been se­lected.

€5 will buy five fruit trees for a school, pro­vid­ing hun­gry chil­dren, who may have to walk for miles to get to and from school, with nu­tri­tious fruit to eat. The school can also sell ex­cess fruit and use the money from prof­its made to pro­vide or­phans and vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren at the school with books and uni­forms.

He­len Keogh, CEO of World Vi­sion Ire­land, says, ‘Wick­low peo­ple have al­ways been ex­cep­tion­ally gen­er­ous when it comes to help­ing oth­ers. How­ever many peo­ple sim­ply do not have a lot of cash to spare. At €5 for five trees, th­ese gifts are af­ford­able and will make a real dif­fer­ence.’

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