A five-year-old Derry girl has donated her pocket money for the entire year to help sick children in Africa.
In a generous gesture, when little Ava Rhodes heard about The Children in Crossfire Water for Life Appeal she counted up the pocket money her granny had given her throughout the year and wrote to the founder and Director of Children in Crossfire Richard Moore and asked him to give this money to the sick children in Ethiopia.
In her letter she said: “I want them to have clean water and healthy food just like me.”
Ava had managed to save £67, and her parents added some extra, so that Ava could donate a generous total of £100.
Richard Moore said: “This is a wonderful example of real compassion and kindness. When I received the letter from Ava with her £100 donation I was over whelmed and moved by her genuine concern for other children. Every donation is important but this was very special. Ava’s gift and thoughtfulness at such a young age just made my Christmas.”
Ava, who is a student at The Foyle Academy of performing Arts has been busy performing and raising extra money for Children in Crossfire , having recently taken part in a Festive flash mob in Foyleside and a Nativity play in The VERITAS Store in Shipquay Street.
The annual Advent Campaign this year focusing on water has received strong community support. Richard Moore said “We are delighted this advent appeal is doing really well but we still have some way to go before we are able to provide the hand dug wells that we have committed to build for the communities in the South Shoa region of Ethiopia. Without clean water it is impossible for children to lead a normal life and be able to attend school and receive an education. Many children walk for hours to the nearest stream to fetch water which is not fit for drinking. Girls suffer most as they are the ones sent to the dirty rivers and ponds to fetch the days supplies. Days and weeks are missed at school through illness, or they become dehydrated and tired in class making it hard to concentrate.”
Ava’s amazing donation of £100 is enough to provide a clean safe water supply for 4 families . People can donate to the Water for Life Campaign by returning Their Advent box to their chapel or by sending a donation to the Children in Crossfire office on 2 St Joseph’s Ave Derry. You can also Donate online at www.childrenincrossfire.org/donate or simply call the Children in Crossfire office on 02871269898