Carrigallen woman Paula Donohoe, who works in the IT Department at Concern Worldwide, Ireland’s largest humanitarian agency helped launch the annual Concern Fast by joining forces with television duo Aisli Madden and Cat Lawlor, otherwise known as RTE’s Domestic Divas.
This year the fast takes place on Thursday, November 27th and participants can choose to go without food, treats or even gadgets for 24 hours or live on just €1 for the day in order to raise funds for some of the poorest people in the developing world.
Over three million children will die from the effects of malnutrition this year because of terrible food shortages across the world caused by drought, failed harvests and soaring food prices.
The money raised during the Concern fast will help provide high-energy therapeutic food for malnourished children and will also give families the long-term support needed to feed their children in years to come.
Paula said that the Concern Fast has always enjoyed phenomenal support from the Irish public and she hopes to see this enthusiasm continue this year.
She said: “It’s a challenging way to raise funds, but one that is always rewarding. By taking part, either by going hungry for just one day or using some of the other great ideas, you can help raise vital funds to provide life-saving food for malnourished children.
“We’ll also give them long-term support so they will be able to feed their own children in years to come.”
For people who are keen to try something new this year, why not fast from social media for 24 hours, go on a sponsored silence, take up knitting or paint a room?
There are loads of unique ideas on the Concern Fast website www.concernfast.org
To sign up for the Concern Fast, apply for a fast pack or to simply get additional ideas on how you can raise vital funds for Concern, just log on to the website or call 1850 50 50 55.
Schools can also go online and create their own profile. Here, students and teachers can share their profiles on Facebook and the school’s website to encourage sponsorship and participation.