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Trócaire Lenten boxes raise over €6m this year

The Trócaire Lenten campaign is in its 41st year.

Children from first class in Our Lady Queen of Apostles National School, Clondalkin, Cian Murphy (6), left, and Taiki Yoshino Fennell (7)launching the national competition for primary schools to design the Trocaire box in 2012.
Children from first class in Our Lady Queen of Apostles National School, Clondalkin, Cian Murphy (6), left, and Taiki Yoshino Fennell (7)launching the national competition for primary schools to design the Trocaire box in 2012.
Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

THOSE LENTEN BOXES that we all remember from our school days are still going, with this year’s Lenten box campaign raising €6.4 million to date for the charity.

Trócaire confirmed that not all the 2014 boxes have been returned, but they estimate that the campaign could bring in and around €8 million.

Developing world

All the spare change adds up it seems, with the funds going to support Trócaire’s programmes throughout the developing world.

Last year Trócaire’s work directly benefited over 3.4 million people around the world.

Trócaire’s five programme areas deal with livelihoods, governance and human rights, humanitarian, gender, HIV.

Eamonn Meehan, Executive Director of the Trocaire, said they are deeply grateful to parishes, clergy, families and schools across the country for collecting money, adding that every year they get such incredible support to their Lenten campaign.

This year’s appeal focused on the global water crisis and the impact that this is having in particular in Malawi. Each year, families across the country take the Trócaire box into their homes for the Lenten period, which is a great expression of Irish people’s long tradition of compassion and generosity to people living in the poorest parts of the world.

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