Letters to the Editor, ‘Concern Worldwide thanks Newry Times readers’

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Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014
Community, Letters to the Editor
Dear Editor, On behalf of Concern Worldwide, I would like to express my sincere thanks to the readers of the Newry Times for their support. During 2013, the people of Newry gave a total of £282,383 to Concern, £563.94 of which was raised for the Philippines during our Christmas street collection. This generosity is not taken for granted. It is what makes our work possible, and I feel it is important that our supporters know how much we value their commitment. Special thanks should also be given to the Newry support group and volunteers who braved the winter weather in order to be part of our Christmas street collection and who continue to give up their time to raise vital funds for Concern. Last year, you helped us tackle some tough challenges. After Typhoon Haiyan devastated parts of the Philippines, our supporters responded generously, helping Concern provide emergency aid to thousands of people affected. We have also been responding to the humanitarian crisis in Syria and Lebanon. Despite the complex environment, operations are now up and running and we are providing families with blankets, stoves, fuel and clothes, – life-saving essentials in the harsh winter they have faced. As well as our emergency work, we also place great emphasis on long-term development projects, empowering people to tackle hunger and lift themselves out of poverty. In 2013, your kind donations enabled us to buy lifesaving food and train health workers in Kenya so they can treat malnourished children as well as providing tools and livestock to farming communities in South Sudan and Ethiopia. By combining our expertise with local knowledge, Concern develops sustainable projects that give people the chance to tackle hunger in the long term. I would like to take this opportunity to wish all the readers of the Newry Times all the best for 2014. With warmest wishes, Peter Anderson (Head of Concern Worldwide, Northern Ireland.)
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