Tipperary local, Gillian Kingston, received a special recognition award from Christian Aid Ireland this week for her charitable work over the last 15 years with the aid organisation.
Christian Aid Ireland’s Church and Community Officer, Jane Burns said: “We are eternally grateful to Gillian for the incredible work and support she provides for us year on year.
Without people like Gillian, we would not be able to provide help to those in most need. It’s important to recognise everyone’s efforts in eradicating poverty.
“We’d like to say a big thank you to Gillian and everyone in Tipperary for their continued support.”
Gillian’s biannual coffee morning in the Roscrea Methodist Church has helped to raise thousands every year.
“Her tireless efforts have not gone unnoticed by the aid agency, and this week at her Christian Aid Week coffee morning, she received her award certificate.
This year’s Christian Aid Week will focus on the organisation’s work to support people who have been forced to flee their homes by either or both conflict and extreme weather in countries like Haiti, but are unable to leave their country.
There are 43 million people worldwide who have been forced to flee and they suffer many of the same types of abuses and unstable living conditions that refugees face.
“As they have not crossed an international border, they are largely ignored by the international community and are denied the official protection afforded to refugees. They are among the most vulnerable to poverty and exploitation in the world.
“Christian Aid Ireland believes that everybody counts,” said Jane. “Our Christian Aid Week appeal this year is highlighting the situation faced by people in Haiti who have survived earthquakes and hurricanes.
Christian Aid Week is supported by an incredible network of volunteers from local churches across the north and south, who fundraise in their own communities. The people of Tipperary have always been so supportive and generous in their donations, especially people like Gillian, who go above and beyond to help us in our efforts to make the world a better place. We’d like to say a big thanks to
Gillian and Roscrea Methodist Church for their tremendous support.” To support Christian Aid Week visit christianaid.ie or call 01 4967040.