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Hunger and malnutrition in a world of plenty is an unacceptable and shameful reality of the 21st century. I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to have seen first-hand Trócaire’s work on our behalf in Ethiopia. It is important to be able to report back not only on the problems facing people there but the difference donations from people here at home are making.”
Trócaire boxes are being delivered the length and breadth of Westmeath this week in preparation for the annual Lenten national campaign to raise funds for some of the poorest people in the world.
Trócaire has thanked the people of Westmeath for four decades of life-changing support, as it marks its 40th anniversary this month. The aid agency’s annual Lenten campaign began this week on Ash Wednesday, February 13.
Mayo people have been asked to return their Trócaire boxes this weekend to mark the end of the agency's annual Lenten appeal. Trócaire is making a special national appeal this weekend, April 10 and 11, for people to return their boxes to their local parish church.
Figures just released by Trócaire reveal that the Diocese of Killala donated €106,421 to its Lenten campaign last year, while the Diocese of Tuam donated €358,399, all with support from people in Mayo.
Mayo people donated €455,814 to Trócaire’s work over the past year, the charity’s latest accounts have shown. During Lent last year people from the diocese of Killala gave €104,710, while Tuam diocese donated €424,695, both of which include parts of Mayo.