Derry’s MP has revealed the British Government has pledged to match donations to Trócaire’s Lenten Appeal – which means every pound donated by people in Derry will have double the impact on some of the world’s poorest and disadvantaged people.
Mr Durkan, who met up this week with pupils from Long Tower Primary School ahead of their sponsored walk in aid of Trócaire, said:
“This year Trócaire has been successful in being granted match-funding for their Lenten campaign which means donations will go further and help more people than ever before.
“Trócaire will be able to double its impact, ensuring its life-saving work for some of the world’s most vulnerable people, including those affected by war, climate change and disease.
“Every pound raised by a school, in a household box or any fund-raising event will be matched by a pound from George Osborne and the UK Aid Budget which will go towards extremely worthwhile projects – including in Northern Uganda which has suffered from conflict as well as the deprivations of compound poverty.
“Derry has always had a high rate of giving to Trócaire so people have an added incentive this year.
“I would also urge people to return their donations as soon as possible as Trócaire have to have everything verified and cleared with the government by mid May.”