Trócaire is urging people across the region to support its Lent Appeal as Covid restrictions curtail distribution of Trócaire boxes
The charity’s Lenten Appeal launched this week, but social and travel restrictions, including school closures and the suspension of Masses, means that for the first time in almost 50 years many Mayo homes will be without Trócaire boxes in 2021.
While boxes are available to be picked-up at Mayo churches, there are up to 50 per cent fewer boxes in circulation. Trócaire has asked supporters to pick-up Trócaire boxes from their local church if it is safe to do so, but otherwise to make their annual donation online at trocaire.org.
Trócaire raises approximately €8m each Lent, which amounts to roughly one-third of its annual donations. The charity has warned that its inability to distribute boxes this year may severely damage its life-saving work around the world.
Trócaire CEO Caoimhe de Barra says the campaign this year focuses on people who are trapped in long-running wars, such as those affecting places such as South Sudan and Somalia. Generations of people in these countries have been forced to live through conflict. Their resilience and determination to help each other is remarkable. By donating to Trocaire’s Lenten Appeal, you will be helping them to help themselves.