Bóthar Easter aid plea to change lives in developing world
Published 28/03/2013 | 00:00
This Easter, Bóthar Northern Ireland is asking people across Northern Ireland make a donation to the aid organisation and helping to drastically change the lives of families in the developing world.
By making a monetary donation to the charity in lieu of giving Easter eggs to family and friends, the aid organisation will use the funds to purchase livestock for communities, helping to create a sustainable living environment for local people that could not otherwise survive.
Donations to the Bóthar Easter appeal will allow the charity to provide hens for communities living in Africa, Asia and South America as well as purchasing Irish dairy goats for families in Tanzania.
Commenting on the launch of the Easter Appeal, Bóthar NI Representative Aoibheann Fearon said: “Easter is traditionally a time when we give chocolate eggs to our nearest and dearest. This year we ask that you consider making a donation to our appeal instead so that we can provide hens and Irish dairy goats to those in most need of our help.
“Your donation will allow us to purchase flocks of laying hens which are an important commodity for recipient families living in the developing world. Not only can the hens produce up to 200 eggs per year, families can sell the eggs to pay for school fees as well as providing them with much needed cash. A gift of flocks of hens can also enrich the soil with their droppings and make a yield of crops more fruitful.
“Providing a community with an Irish dairy goat will also change lives forever. Each goat produces up to four times as much nutritious milk as a local cow, which not ony allows families to enjoy the milk produced but it can also help a family to raise money from the sale of extra milk and cheese created.
“Your money also goes towards trianing and preparing families for receiving their gifts, so please donate whatever you can afford. Everyone deserves to have access to the means to feed their family and supporting our appeal will help us to maintain Bóthar’s ongoing sustainability philosophy to support struggling communities.”
Anyone interested in making a donation to the appeal or finding out more about Bóthar NI should contact 028 9062 7308 or post your donation to Bóthar NI, Anna House, 37a Upper Dunmurry Lane, Belfast BT17 OAJ.