We need your help now

Support from readers like you keeps The Journal open.

You are visiting us because we have something you value. Independent, unbiased news that tells the truth. Advertising revenue goes some way to support our mission, but this year it has not been enough.

If you've seen value in our reporting, please contribute what you can, so we can continue to produce accurate and meaningful journalism. For everyone who needs it.


This gorgeous film will move you to help abandoned children

The Oscar-nominated Brown Bag Films were moved to spend 14 months creating this gem to support To Russia With Love.

WHAT DOES IT take to salvage the life of a child who has nothing and nobody?

It’s a big question answered beautifully by this little animation.

Brown Bag Films spent over a year working on this tale of Anya, an orphan in a Russian institution, and how her life could be affected by kindness and support.

Don’t weep, if you can, but definitely watch it (and then think about how you can help – see below video):

brownbagfilms / YouTube

To Russia With Love are hoping that those who see the film might be moved to text HUG to 50300 – that will donate €4 from your phone (Ireland only), or visit

A massive team worked on the project and writer/director Damien O’Connor said, “The idea was simple, we make a piece of entertainment and if people like it, they show their gratitude by donating money directly to To Russia With Love.

“In a way it’s ‘visual busking’ – we’re used to charity singles and calendars so we applied the same approach to an animated film instead.”

Lisa Hannigan lent the film her haunting vocals.

1 in 15 of us have donated to charity because of #nomakeupselfie>

Your Voice
Readers Comments
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.