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Thursday 18 September 2014

Volunteers fight off hunger to raise cash for Concern

Published 11/12/2012 | 14:10

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Phil Kearney, Dermot Davis, Colm McGibney, Annette Mc Carty and Eugene Doyle who took part in the Concern 24-Hour Fast.

LOCAL BUSINESS people and volunteers from the Enniscorthy area fought through the hunger pangs with a 24- hour fast to raise money for Concern.

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The annual 24- hour fast, organised by Enniscorthy Chamber of Commerce, is now in its fourteenth year and has raised approximately € 130,000 for some of the poorest countries worldwide in that time.

This year around 20 people took part in the fast and raised money through sponsorship as well as a collection in Market Square and a Church gate collection.

One of those who has taken part over the years, Eugene Doyle, says that while the amount raised has decreased in recent years, they are still incredibly grateful for all donations received.

' We love taking part in the fast each year,' he said. ' It's a way for local business people in the area to give something back. We're still counting the money raised from this year's fast, but at the moment it looks like it will be around €4,000. This figure is down a bit from the €6,000 we raised last year and at peak times a few years ago we might have raised €12,000 in a year.

' However, that's just a sign of the times. People don't have as much, but they still try to give whatever they can and we're extremely grateful for what we get. As we know, concern does a lot of great work in places like Ethiopia and Somalia and every bit of money raised helps.'

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