'Unprecedented' - Dublin's Jim Gavin arrives in Rwanda after flight with over 5,300 animals
Published 11/10/2016 | 13:33
Dublin manager Jim Gavin parked his All-Ireland celebrations to fly to Rwanda as part of a delivery of over 5,300 animals to families in Rwanda on behalf of the Bothar charity.
Experienced aviator Gavin, a former military pilot, transported 41 tonnes of Irish livestock on the Bothar Ark to give to Rwandans. Among the cargo was 37 in-calf heifers, three bulls for the Rwandan Government National Bovine Breeding Scheme, 260 pigs, 100 goats, 5,000 chicks and 5,000 doses of bovine semen.
Gavin, who won his third All-Ireland title as Dublin manager ten days ago, was delighted to take part in the 'once-in-a-lifetime' flight, which touched down in Rwanda today.
“I’ve been fortunate to have flown throughout the world but this has been a unique experience," he said.
"Transporting 41 tonnes of quality Irish livestock through the night from Ireland to deepest Africa, including a refuelling stop in Cairo, was unprecedented for me.
“But knowing that at the end of it we are bringing this precious cargo, donated by Irish farmers and other Bóthar supporters, to change the lives of almost 800 of the world’s poorest people puts things into perspective. The people behind this are delivering a life-changing gift to these families.
“They are a wonderful team and I’m delighted to play a small part on this project.”