Trócaire boxes from schools and homes all over Ireland are usually returned to us in the weeks following Easter.
Almost three million people in some of the world’s poorest communities are supported by the generosity received through Trócaire boxes each year.
This year is different.
As we all know, the Coronavirus crisis has closed down much of Irish society. Most of what we considered to be normal day-to-day life has been paused.
One impact of this is that people will not be able to return their Trócaire boxes as they usually do.
I want to thank the thousands of Trócaire supporters who have been filling their boxes over recent weeks. We want you to hold onto your Trócaire box and return it at a later date when it is safe and possible to do so.
In the meantime, our programmes overseas need your support more than ever. The Coronavirus is now present in all the countries we work in, including some of the poorest countries in the world.
We have seen how this virus has stretched Europe to its limits. Can you imagine the devastation it could cause in countries with no resources to fight it?
The people your donations support overseas are among the poorest people in the world. They live in communities with no hospitals, no ventilators and no way to keep themselves safe.
Our focus in the weeks and months ahead is to do what we can to protect them. We must stop the Coronavirus from infecting the poorest people in the world.
Until it is safe to return your Trócaire box, you can continue to help these efforts:
1/ You can donate online today. Online donations can be put to use straight away.
2/ You can phone 1850 408 408 (RoI) or 0800 912 1200 (NI) to make a donation over the phone.
3/ Many of our supporters send cheque donations through the post. You can continue to do this, but it will take a little longer than usual to reach us, and for our thanks to reach you.
Our thoughts and prayers are with people all over Ireland who have been affected by this crisis. It is devastating seeing friends or family fall ill, or seeing your business or livelihood disappear overnight.
In particular, our hearts go out to the families who have lost loved ones.
Ireland has taken difficult but necessary steps to keep people safe. As an Irish community, we have rallied together.
We must also rally together as a global community to protect the most vulnerable.
Trócaire will do just that in the difficult days that lie ahead. We are proud and grateful for your support.
You can donate online or by phoning:
1850 408 408 (Republic of Ireland)
0800 912 1200 (Northern Ireland).