Ten-year-olds give hope to 'the forgotten'
A GROUP of 10-year-olds from Shankill recently raised over €6,500 towards drilling two wells in Uganda.
Dubbed the 'Champions of Hope' by their fellow parishioners in Crinken Church, the children were inspired into action when they learned that every 15 seconds a child dies due to lack of clean water in the country.
Many of them admitted that they felt ashamed to have wasted so much water, and some even felt scared that it could happen to them here in Ireland.
They spent six weeks sacrificing things for Lent to save money rather than hold fundraisers. They also asked their congregation to do the same.
Last Sunday, as a symbolic gesture, they did a 'Water Walk' dressed in their yellow t-shirts from Shankill Village to Crinken Church carrying containers of water which they then left on the Communion table.
They had aimed for €3,000, which would drill a well serving 1,000 people and were thrilled to have raised more than double that amount.
During the Service, Rev. Trevor Stephenson, disclosed that they hadn't quite acquired €3,000. As their faces dropped with disappointment, he revealed a cheque showing that they had raised €6,530.77.
Trevor played a video showing the a well being drilled in Faith in Uganda.
Messages were read out describing how the village thought of themselves as a 'forgotten society' until those 10year-olds provided them with clean water.
Each child said a prayer for those in Uganda at the end of the ceremony.
Canon Stevenson is the current locum of Crinken Church, located next to Shanganagh Cemetery. He is Chairman of the Irish based development charity Fields of Life which he and his wife Ruth founded in 1995.