We have taken the decision to cancel face-to-face events and activities during our Lenten Appeal. Each year, our teams travel all over Ireland throughout Lent to deliver talks, exhibitions and other events aimed at highlighting our campaign and raising the funds needed to help millions of people around the world.
This is a vital time of year for Trócaire’s fundraising, but the safety of our supporters, volunteers and staff comes first. In light of the risk posed by COVID-19, we believe it is the responsible decision to cancel these events this year.
We have also taken a number of other steps to help in the fight to stop the spread of the virus, including cancelling all but essential travel from Ireland to our programmes overseas.
Our teams around the world will continue to carry-out life-saving programmes, thanks to the generosity of people in Ireland. But we must do what we can to guard against spreading the virus and putting the people we work with at risk.
COVID-19 has been identified in five of the countries we work in. All currently have lower infection rates than Ireland.
We need to ensure our programmes can continue, while also taking all the necessary steps to make sure our staff, partners and communities are kept safe.
We are currently mid-way through our Lenten Appeal. This campaign is vital for our work. The donations received across Ireland during Lent fund our work, helping vulnerable people around the world throughout the year.
While we have cancelled events, our Appeal continues.
You can still support this crucial work by donating online or by phoning 1850 408 408 (RoI) or 0800 912 1200 (NI).
If you have a Trócaire box, keep hold of it until such a time as you can return it safely, either through your local school, parish or Trócaire centre.
This pandemic has highlighted the importance of global solidarity.
Here in Ireland, we all need to focus on protecting those who are most vulnerable – the elderly and those with underlying health issues. Globally, we need to support people whose health is already at risk – men, women and children – due to the pressures of poverty and conflict.
We must act as one to protect each other in the difficult weeks and months ahead.
I’ve seen the damage disease can wreak around the world. But I’ve also seen what people can accomplish when we band together.