Carrigaline based charity Edith Wilkins Street Children Foundation India (EWSCFI) is appealing to Carrigdhoun readers this Christmas to donate €1, ‘the price of a single mince pie and enough to give a street child a single plate of rice and dahl or €2 – the price that would ensure full nutrition for a day.’
‘Over the years, our Cork fundraisers used to send out up to €12,000 a month for running costs to support our children in the Darjeeling district of North East India. This covered counselling, nutrition, clothing, education and recreation. The Indian Government, in recent years, have linked forces with us and we’re now at the stage where we only need to send out a third of the costs. Indeed, we are hoping that within the next five years all projects will be fully funded by Indian agencies,’ said Edith who resides in Crosshaven.
‘In the meantime, our funding is at an all-time low because we don’t have the money or facilities to raise awareness and compete with the larger charities’ advertising campaigns. We send most of our funding directly to our programmes in India and want to continue to do so. Our Committee/Trust members operate on a voluntary basis and do their utmost to source that money, month in month out. We have some regular donors who support us, but we need to alert our cause to everyone in Cork and the rest of the country. We urgently need to raise approximately €10,000 to successfully see our programmes through the coming months,’ said Edith.
Donations are welcome now at A.I.B Douglas Road, Cork account number 21439006 BIC; 934348; through the website www.edithwilkinsfoundation.org or by post or calling to the charity’s office at, Unit 4, Drake Centre, Carrigaline, Co Cork.
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