Trocaire Lenten fundraiser launch
IT'S Ash Wednesday tomorrow (Wednesday, February 10) marking the start of Trocaire's Lenten Campaign when almost one million Trócaire boxes are being delivered across the country.
Last year, the Diocese of Ferns raised €141,212 to support the campaign, money which has supported thousands of people living in devastating poverty across the developing world.
'This year's Trócaire box is a recognition of ordinary people from places like Wexford, who are doing extraordinary things in the pursuit of justice and a fairer world,' said Eamonn Meehan, Executive Director of Trócaire.
'Every year we receive tremendous support from Wexford's school children, teachers, grandparents, clergy, volunteers and families. All of them have something in common. They cannot ignore poverty and they want to make a difference in whatever way they can. Together, they are fighting for justice.'
Last year, thanks to support from people in Ireland, Trócaire supported over 2.4 million people across Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East. This included 45,000 poor families who got access to local resources, including land and water. Trócaire protected over 700 human rights defenders who were abused and attacked in Guatemala and over 6,000 women, who survived abuse, got healthcare, counselling and legal aid to get justice.
This year is Trócaire's 43rd Lenten campaign. The agency was founded in 1973 by the Catholic Bishops of Ireland to combat extreme poverty and injustice overseas.
Trócaire boxes are available from parishes throughout Wexford, through trocaire.org or by phoning 1850 408 408. As well as donating through the Trócaire box and trocaire.org, people can download a free Trócaire box app for their mobile phones or tablets. The app is available from the Apple App Store or Google Playstore.