Irish charity Trócaire has issued a huge thank you to the people of Derry for their “incredible support” of its Lenten Campaign, which came to an end on Easter Sunday.
In a letter to the people of Derry, Trocaire Regional Manager Kevin Donnelly said this year’s campaign and Trócaire box centred around a celebration of the support given by people across Ireland, north and south, towards their work with the world’s poorest people.
Mr Donnelly said: “In its 43rd year, the Trócaire Lenten campaign continues to receive wonderful support from around the country.
“People from County Derry including teachers, students, families, individuals and parishioners, make a huge difference to our much-needed projects overseas that reach those who otherwise would struggle to grow food, send their children to school or protect their human rights.”
Speaking about this year’s appeal, he added: “People in Derry have been incredibly supportive of Trócaire this Lent, welcoming Trócaire boxes into their homes and speakers from Trócaire into their parishes and schools.
“The people who benefit from this support, such as those living in villages devastated by drought in Malawi, to families fleeing war in Syria, repeatedly extend their thanks to people here at home for standing with them during their hardest times.
“Catholic parishes across County Derry will receive returned Trócaire boxes from this week.
“We would be extremely grateful if anyone who has a Trócaire box at home or in work could kindly drop it back to their local parish and we can start putting these generous donations into action.”
The UK government is matching all donations to the Lenten campaign in Northern Ireland, pound for pound, “which is another reason to return the boxes as quickly as possible,” Mr Donnelly said.
Trócaire provides humanitarian assistance and long-term support to communities in 20 countries across the world.
Its volunteers are currently working in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East in some of the world’s poorest and most war-torn regions. Last year, an estimated 2.4 million people directly benefited from Trocaire programmes abroad.
In Ireland, the charity raises awareness about the root causes of poverty and inequality, and campaigns on justice issues. To find out more about Trócaire’s Lenten campaign visit trocaire.org or call 0800 912 1200.