The contribution of the people of Leitrim, Roscommon and Sligo towards Concern Worldwide’s work over the last 50 years will be celebrated at a special event in Sligo later this month.
Ireland’s largest humanitarian aid agency marks its 50th anniversary this year and will bring its ‘50 Years of Your Concern’ roadshow to Sligo on Tuesday, May 22.
The special evening, which aims to recognise the contribution of local volunteers, will be held in the Sligo Park Hotel from 7pm and will include a lively panel discussion, alongside a photo exhibition showcasing Concern’s work past and present.
Concern Worldwide was established in the Dublin home of John and Kay O’Loughlin Kennedy in 1968 in response to a devastating famine in Biafra, with people all over Ireland raising the equivalent of €4 million to send a shipload of vital aid to the war-torn country.
The organisation now works in 26 countries, providing emergency response and working with the world’s poorest people to transform their lives.
Concern’s pioneering role in the Irish aid sector was recognised by President Michael D. Higgins at a presidential reception at Aras an Uachtarain in March, with several long-serving Sligo volunteers in attendance.
Riverstown man Tom Lavin, who worked as a Country Director for Concern in both Ethiopia and Sudan, will discuss his experiences in the field, with opening remarks from CEO Dominic MacSorley.
John O’Loughlin Kennedy and Susan Finucane, niece of founding members’ Fr Aengus and Jack Finucane, will also join for a discussion on ‘50 Years of Concern’, chaired by Concern’s Catriona Loughran.
“Local communities have always been at the heart of what we do and we’ve been very lucky to have many loyal supporters in Sligo who have been exceptionally generous over the years,” explained Richard Dixon, Director of Public Affairs with Concern Worldwide.
“This event will give us a chance to recognise the special role that these volunteers play within Concern Worldwide and share stories that show the impact that those contributions have made all over the world.”
The ‘50 Years of Your Concern’ event is open to all and those wishing to attend can secure their place by calling Luke Kavanagh on (01) 4791309 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.