Contribution of Laois to Concern charity to be recognised

Twitter Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ By David Power – 25th April 2018 Facebook Rugby Contribution of Laois to Concern charity to be recognised WhatsApp Twitter TAGSConcernLaois Pinterest Home News Community Contribution of Laois to Concern charity to be recognised NewsCommunity WhatsApp The contribution of Laois people towards Concern Worldwide’s work over the last 50 years will be celebrated at a special event in Portlaoise on Thursday evening.Ireland’s largest humanitarian aid agency marks its 50th anniversary this year and will launch its ‘50 Years Of Your Concern’ roadshow in Portlaoise on April 26.The evening, which aims to recognise the contribution of local volunteers, will be held in the Portlaoise Parish Centre at St Peter and Paul’s Church from 8pm and will include a discussion about Concern’s work past and present.Concern Worldwide was established in the Dublin home of John and Kay O’Loughlin Kennedy in 1968 in response to a devastating famine in Biafra, with people all over Ireland raising the equivalent of €4 million to send a shipload of vital aid to the war-torn country.The organisation now works in 26 countries, providing emergency response and working with the world’s poorest people to transform their lives.Concern’s pioneering role in the Irish aid sector was recognised by President Michael D Higgins with a presidential reception at Áras an Uachtaráin last month, with several long-serving Laois volunteers in attendance.Concern CEO Dominic MacSorley will be joined for the discussion by local woman Alice Culliton, who worked for Concern overseas for several years.Susan Finucane, a niece of founding members Fr Aengus and Jack Finucane and Concern’s Desk Officer for Burundi and Rwanda, will also be in attendance on the night.“Local communities have always been at the heart of what we do and we’ve been very lucky to have many loyal supporters in Laois who have been exceptionally generous over the years,” explained Richard Dixon, Director of Public Affairs with Concern Worldwide.Special“This event will give us a chance to recognise the special role that these volunteers play within Concern Worldwide and share stories that show the impact that those contributions have made all over the world.”The ’50 Years Of Your Concern’ event is open to all and those wishing to attend can secure their place by calling Luke Kavanagh on 01-4791309 or emailing [email protected] ALSO – Two Laois secondary schools scoop prestigious Mental Health Awards Previous articleGolden Car Wash in Laois Shopping Centre offers great deals for car wash service and valetNext articleFootpaths in local cemetery make it ‘dangerous to carry a corpse’ David PowerA journalist for over 20 years, David has worked for a number of regional titles both as journalist and editor. From Tullamore he also works as a content editor for Independent.ie. His heroes include Shane Lowry, Seamus Darby and Johnny Flaherty RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Pinterest Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Community Community read more