Beauty Emma backs Herald's SVP appeal

Caitlin McBride

MISS Ireland Emma Waldron is urging Dubliners to dig deep and donate to St Vincent de Paul.

The big-hearted beauty (21), who came fourth in this year's Miss World, has been volunteering with the organisation since she was 16, and wants to encourage Herald readers to donate their time, money or food to the very worthy cause.

The Herald has joined up with the country's largest voluntary charitable organisation, St Vincent de Paul (SVP), to help lift the burden from thousands of families, not only at this special time, but throughout the next 12 months.


Emma, who has been working with the youth branch of SVP for the last five years, said: "I think it's really important to remind people that everyone's mindset has changed because of money this year.

"It's so important to realise that if you're feeling badly off, there are people who really poor, and much more worse off.

"Even if you can't give a lot, give something -- a small toy, food, or your time. You can give your time and doesn't cost anything."

Emma reminded Herald readers that there were people within the community who never anticipated that they would be struggling financially. It's in everyone's community, you can give so much to your own community, and you never know when you'll run into trouble.

SVP give help to individuals and families who are struggling, who need financial help, who are in despair or who are alone.

Ways to contribute include:

  • An online donation. Go to
  • A bank donation can be made to a Bank of Ireland, Phibsborough, Dublin 7. The account number is 80005599 and the sort code 90 06 23.