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Highlighting My Legacy Week and Will Aid month

As part of this, we are asking supporters to consider including a gift to Trócaire when they making their will. 

Patrick (Packie) Lee, a farmer from Leitrim and lifelong supporter of Trócaire died in 2010, and his family were not surprised to find that he had left a gift to Trócaire in his will – a way for his compassion for others to live on.

It is extra special for them to hear that his legacy gift is helping farming families in Ethiopia to stay on their land and provide for their children.

Packie’s grandniece, Carrie, travelled to Ethiopia to see Trócaire’s work and to understand the legacy her uncle left after his passing. She saw for herself the incredible changes that donations through legacies are bringing to poor communities.

Often legacy donations fund long-term projects like Packie Lee’s gift to drought farmers in Ethiopia, sometimes it’s about responding effectively to emergencies and saving lives.

This year, some of the legacy gifts we received are helping to fund our emergency response to the East Africa Hunger Crisis, where Trócaire has expanded its life-saving aid programme to people in Somalia, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya, as over 26 million people face starvation.
Last year, Trócaire’s programmes reached 2.6 million people in the world’s most vulnerable regions.

Any gift in a will, no matter how big or small, can make a significant difference. 

For example,

  • €144/£130 could pay for two children to attend school in Zimbabwe for a year.
  • €252/£226 could provide farmers with improved seeds to plant over 100 acres in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • €5,000/£4,498 could support 75 farmers in Kenya with two goats each to provide milk and an important source of income.
  • €10,800/£9,722 could help secure justice for communities in Guatemala who have suffered abuse and land-grabbing.
  • €50,000/£44,996: could provide water to 16,000 households with the installation of 20 wells in communities in North Uganda.

You can find a local solicitor to help you make your will at www.mylegacy.ie (ROI) or www.willaid.org.uk (NI)

A solicitor has a checklist of all the things to be decided upon and once that is done, and you’ve taken care of family and friends, you might like to consider including a gift to a cause that is close to your heart.

If you would like to talk to Trócaire about leaving a gift in your will, contact Grace Kelly, at (ROI) 00353 1 629 3333 or in Northern Ireland contact Kevin Donnelly at 0044 28 90 808030.

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