Children in Crossfire Advent donations appeal

Theo and Aoife McLaughlin asking local people to return their Children in Crossfire Advent collection boxes to help children in Ethiopia who are suffering from severe malnutrition. (1701BM01)
Theo and Aoife McLaughlin asking local people to return their Children in Crossfire Advent collection boxes to help children in Ethiopia who are suffering from severe malnutrition. (1701BM01)

Children in Crossfire are asking local people to return donations for their 2012 Advent Appeal to help vulnerable young children who are suffering from severe malnutrition in Ethiopia.

Proceeds from the 2012 Advent Appeal will go towards the NOURISH project at St Luke’s Hospital in Wolisso, Ethiopia. Donations will help to buy high-nutrition food to treat children who are not getting enough food, or enough of the right kind of food, that is necessary for a child to develop normally. Money will also be used to fund the work of the medical staff and health workers who are vital to the well-being of the children when they are being treated in the clinic and also for the follow-up care after the children have returned home.

Advent collection boxes were distributed at participating parishes in the Derry Diocese at the end of November, and any donations can now be returned to those churches. Alternatively, donations can be posted or delivered to the Children in Crossfire office at 2 St Joseph’s Avenue, Derry, BT48 6TH. Credit or debit card donations can also be made over the phone by calling 02871 269898.

Mark McMahon, fundraiser at Children in Crossfire, explains that every donation is vital to the success of the Appeal and ultimately in helping young children overcome their illness, to regain their health and strength that is essential to their development. He said: “We are very grateful for all donations that we receive, no matter how small. For example, £10 is enough to buy a full one-month course of high nutrition food supplement for one child. If you have a collection box at home then please return it now so we can make a difference to the lives of these children and their families.” For further information on the Advent Appeal please visit www.childrenincrossfire.org/advent or call Mark on 02871 269898.