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, and 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. Most often these women and girls are responsible for supporting their families and by purchasing their products at the Sharing Fair local people have provided these women 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 County 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.
Expressing thanks to all who supported the Fair this year, Sister Kay 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 2nd 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 items. 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 the items are on sale all year round.