Dubs down on the farm to help raise funds for Bóthar Christmas charity
Dublin manager Jim Gavin has issued a final Christmas appeal to help raise funds for a New Year’s airlift by aid agency Bóthar of food-and-income producing Irish cows to impoverished African families.
The Dublin manager crossed county boundaries into Wicklow, to Shelton Abbey open prison, with All-Ireland captain Stephen Cluxton and Michael Darragh Macauley to see where many of the Irish cows that have been sent by Bóthar to impoverished African families in countries like Rwanda, Malawi, Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo have been reared.
The open, low-security prison houses males aged from 19 years who are regarded as requiring lower levels of security and for the past nine years, as part of a restorative justice programme, have reared almost 1,500 animals that have been transported to African nations and the Balkans.
The trio, after getting an induction from Shelton farm manager Tom Gregan to the work that the prisoners do daily in hand-rearing the animals, met with inmates and family members.
The livestock aid agency is seeking a final push from the public for its Christmas fund-raising programme which will go towards an airlift of cows to Rwanda in January.
The animals will be donated to widows of the Rwandan atrocity of 1994, which claimed the lives of almost 1million people in 90 days.
The Dublin manager joined Bóthar on its 25th anniversary airlift in October to the African nation and witnessed first-hand the life-changing impact the Irish cows have on impoverished families there.
Gavin said that he saw for himself first-hand only two months ago just how much an Irish cow can turn a lives around.