Time to return Trocaire boxes

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THE Trocaire Lenten campaign which came to an end on Easter Sunday is now calling out for all boxes to be returned.

Eithne McNulty, director of Trocaire in Northern Ireland wished to thank everyone in County Armagh who has taken a box into their homes.

She said: “The incredible fundraising efforts and generosity of people across the country is making an extraordinary contribution to changing the lives of some of the world’s poorest people. Children like Ambika Paraja, the little girl on this year’s Trocaire box, will go to school, have enough food and help build their local communities into the future, thanks to this support.”

Trocaire’s 40th anniversary Lenten campaign highlighted how donations from Northern Ireland are helping people living in the most isolated and forgotten rural communities in India.

Trocaire asked us to help improve the lives of many Indian people and their children’s futures.

On the front of this year’s box is, Ambika Paraja (9), from a small village called Jhilligoan in eastern India. For years, Jhilligoan’s people struggled to grow food on poor land and had no knowledge about how to improve their situation. Because of the donations from Northern Ireland, the community now has clean water, a small clay road, a basic school and is farming more successfully.

Parishes across Co. Armagh are now accepting returned Trocaire boxes.

Ms McNulty asked anyone who has a Trocaire box at home or in work to kindly drop it back to their local parish.

Donations to Trocaire can still be made by logging on to www.trocaire.org or calling 0800 912 1200.