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Monday 19 February 2018

GAA stars help out African youngsters

Joe Canning teaches children in Ezulwini Community Primary School how to play hurling
Joe Canning teaches children in Ezulwini Community Primary School how to play hurling
Dermot Earley with seven-month old Sinenkhosi Magagula at Good Shepherd Hospital in Siteki

Colm Kelpie

GAA stars Joe Canning and Dermot Earley have urged people to dig deep for UNICEF Ireland after visiting deprived children in Swaziland.

The UNICEF ambassadors have just returned from the landlocked southern African country, where families are living on less than €1 a day and there is a grave threat of child malnutrition.

The charity is hoping to raise €1m this month through its appeal for people to donate €1 each to help fund its efforts.

Kildare football star Mr Earley said he was humbled by his visit to a UNICEF neighbourhood care point, where children orphaned by HIV are looked after.

"You could see the worry on the faces of the volunteers when we asked them about the challenges they face as they try to help the children," Mr Earley said.

The pair also visited a rural health clinic, where UNICEF provides therapeutic food, as well as equipment to monitor children's nutrition.

Galway hurling ace Mr Canning said: "By supporting the Just One Appeal and donating €1 to UNICEF, people across Ireland will help save children's lives."

With more than 70pc of people living below the poverty line in Swaziland, UNICEF estimates that nearly 40pc of children there suffer from stunted growth as a result of malnutrition.

Irish Independent

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