THE people of Clare are a very sound bunch.
Way back in June, The Clare Echo did a special report on a small group of people in Ballynacally who were hoping to send a container of aid to Africa.
The West Clare community were putting together a 40ft container full to the brim of donations to assist a parish in Tanzania.
Fr. David Mlemeta works in the parish of Chikopelo which is 500km from the Tanzanian capital city of Dodoma.
A visit to Lough Derg in Donegal seven years ago was followed by a trip to Co Clare where he developed relations with people in Ballynacally and Lissycasey, he now comes to the county once a year.
The group was so inundated with donations, they have decided to send a SECOND container.
Karen Clancy is one of the organisers of this very generous project.
“Due to the kindness of people donating so much aid over the summer months, we still have more than enough to fill a second container of aid to Fr David’s parish.
“We have made the decision to do this in September, however we require funding to get the second container on it’s way to the poverty stricken parish of Chikopelo where Fr David ministers.
“While we are extremely grateful for the outpouring of support from people across the county we cannot take any further donations of items for the container but we would be most grateful if anyone is in a position to make a financial donation to get the second container shipped to Tanzania,” Karen said.
Secure Online donations can be made at www.ifundraise.ie/FrDavidTanzania or by popping in to one of the following outlets:
- Wards Shop, Clarecastle
- Carrig’s Costcutter, Drumquin
- Lissycasey Post Office
- Fanny O’Dea’s
- Kildysart Post Office
The group are also hosting a number of fundraisers:
- McNamee’s Londis, Darragh – all proceeds from Tea & Coffee sold on Friday, September 7 will be donated to ‘Help for Tanzania’
- Kitty’s Irish Night – Five Arches, Ballycorick, Ballynacally. Saturday, September 8 at 9pm. Join us for music, song, dance, storytelling and craic. Hosted by renowned singer and composer, Kitty O’Donoghue!
- Look out for our upcoming Pop Up Shop in Ennis this September. Details to be announced soon.