Concern extremely grateful for continued support from Fingal
SIR, last May I succeeded Tom Arnold as chief executive of Concern Worldwide.
Over the last number of years Tom wrote a letter to the Fingal Independent in January thanking readers for their support during the year.
It's a tradition I would like to continue.
I wish to thank your readers for their extraordinary support. It has been a remarkable statement of the generosity of the Irish people.
The current response to the typhoon in the Philippines and to the consequences of the ongoing war in Syria proves beyond doubt the generosity and kindness of Ireland.
I am conscious of the difficult financial times in which we are living. People are weighed down with myriad financial issues and yet Irish people continue to support the most vulnerable and poorest in the world.
The relationship of trust between Concern and our donors is vital. Last month we won, for the fourth consecutive year, the Published Accounts Award for charities and not-for-profit organisations. The award, organised by the Chartered Accountants Leinster Society, is for excellence in financial reporting. We're always striving to be as transparent as possible about our work.
People often ask what percentage of donations goes to beneficiaries. For every euro Concern receives, 89.8 cent goes directly to the work in the field.
A few words about myself. I grew up in Belfast in a big family, with seven siblings. I studied Law and at 26, volunteered with Concern and found myself working in the refugee camps along the Thai/Cambodian border. That was in 1982 and I'm still with Concern. It's a privilege to lead a team that is committed to delivering real, meaningful change in the lives of the poorest. Today we have more than 3,500 Concern staff working on the frontlines, directly impacting the lives of seven million people in 26 of the poorest countries of the world. Your generosity enables us to deliver life-saving assistance today, not next week and to stay on long after the cameras have gone, transforming lives by building the capacity of communities to help themselves.
I wish you a joyful and happy New Year and thank you for your continued support.
Chief Executive Officer,