Parishes throughout the Derry diocese in Derry, Donegal and Strabane have been generously supporting the work of the Good Shepherd Sharing Fair in the run-up to Christmas.
Sister Kay Connolly, local organiser of the project, wishes to express thanks to all those who have come along and supported the Sharing Fair when it visited their parish.
The Sharing Fair sells beautifully crafted items made by disadvantaged women in developing countries. Often these women are responsible for supporting their families and by purchasing their products at the Sharing Fair local people have provided these women with hope, dignity and sustainability, as all proceeds are returned to the Centre concerned so that the women can be paid a living and just wage.
“We have been visiting parishes since the beginning of September and in the Derry diocese we have travelled as far as St Patrick’s Parish, Maghera in Co. Derry to Moville in Donegal and Strabane in Tyrone. We have also been to Stranorlar, Burt and Killea in the Raphoe diocese,” said Sister Kay.
She continued: “Even though budgets are tight for everyone, there has been the same generous response this year as in previous years and we are so grateful for that, particularly as the cost of importing the items to Ireland has increased this year.
“In addition to visiting parishes, the Sharing Fair also took part in the craft fair in St Mary’s College last Saturday, where, for the second year running, we were generously supported. We are also supported annually by the 16 Plus Pathway Project in the Waterside.”
The items on sale at the Sharing Fair include many Christmas goods. Anyone who missed the Fair when it visited their parish can call with Sister Kay at the Good Shepherd Convent, Dungiven Road, Waterside, ( tel: 71342429), where they are on sale all year round.