Mothers unite to raise funds for safer births
TELEVISION personality Mary Kennedy yesterday told of her "great affection" for Africa as she supported an initiative to help mothers in childbirth.
Speaking at the 13th annual Mother's Day Lunch in aid of UNICEF, she said she was happy to support the cause as she loves the continent and everything to do with it. "I'll do anything I can for Africa because I have a great affection for it," she said.
The lunch yesterday at the D4 Berkeley Hotel was attended by more than 200 women who each paid €100 for a ticket -- with the proceeds going to the charity's Safe Motherhood programme.
There was also a raffle after the lunch to raise additional funds to improve conditions for mothers in childbirth in developing countries.
"I've travelled to Africa a lot and I've seen the awful conditions women give birth in," said Ms Kennedy. "There are no hospitals in many places. I saw women having to bring black sacks to lie on -- and if they didn't have them, they were sent away.
"Another woman I met had walked six hours with her newborn twins -- one hanging on her back and the other on her front -- to get post-natal care. When I gave birth, it was a while before I even went out the door. It's about improving these conditions." UNICEF communications officer Julianne Savage said the charity hoped to raise €40,000.