TRÓCAIRE believes that up to one-third of its annual donation levels are now at risk with the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions set to severely curtailed the distribution of Trócaire boxes this Lent (February 17 to April 3).
For the first time in almost 50 years, many Waterford homes will be without Trócaire boxes and while boxes can still be picked up in churches across the city and county, there will be 50 per cent less boxes in circulation.
Trócaire has asked supporters to pick-up Trócaire boxes from their local church if and when safe to do so, but otherwise they can still make their annual donation online.
During a regular Lent, Trócaire raises approximately €8 million – roughly one-third of its annual donations. Such a figure is unlikely to be raised this Lent given the extent of the ongoing restrictions.
Said Trócaire Chief Executive Caoimhe de Barra: “Covid-19 restrictions mean this Lent will be the first time in almost 50 years many Waterford homes will be without a Trócaire box. Boxes have been left in churches for people to pick-up and we urge supporters to pick-up a box if it is safe and within the public health guidelines to do so. Supporters who are unable to get a box this year can still support our life-saving work by donating online at trocaire.org.”
Mr de Barra added: “Lent is the engine that keeps our programmes going throughout the year. The people of Waterford always rally behind our campaign. While this year will be different, we hope the public will continue to support our life-saving work overseas.
“Our campaign this year focuses on people who are trapped in long-running wars, such as those affecting places such as South Sudan and Somalia. Generations of people in these countries have been forced to live through conflict. Their resilience and determination to help each other is remarkable. By donating to our Lenten Appeal, you will be helping them to help themselves.
You can also donate over the phone by calling 1850 408 408 (RoI), 0800 912 1200 (NI) or by cheque to Trócaire, Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, County Kildare.