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Coffee Mornings In Crosshaven For Street Children Of India

Nuala O’Connell recently held a successful coffee morning at Whispering Pines, Crosshaven in aid of the charity she founded 24 years ago, Street Children of India.

Writes Leo McMahon

Nuala said every cent from her annual event goes towards supporting its projects in St. John Vianney School near Ranchi in Jharkhand and Stella Mary School, Bangalore, the latter of which is 25 years old. The charity part sponsors meals for the pupils in both.

The dynamic septuagenarian will be making her 38th visit to India this month along with fellow Crosshaven residents Dr Sean Dunphy and Siobhan Slattery. Each is paying his or her own fare to ensure that every cent of money raised goes towards the vital work being carried out by the charity in collaboration with the Redemptorist Order and Good Shepherd Sisters which against the background of Covid and the rising cost of living, has never been so important.

Nuala added that Street Children of India is also hoping to assist efforts by an Ursuline nun Sr. Jacinta, a medical doctor, to establish an urgently needed clinic near Ranchi. It will also purchase food, equipment and uniforms for the schools.

She thanked Barry and Norma Twomey and daughter Monica of Whispering Pines and all benefactors and supporters of the coffee morning including those who gave gifts for the raffle.

On Sunday, February 19th, there were two more very well supported coffee mornings in aid of Street Children of India. One at Crosshaven House organised by Siobhan Slattery and the other at Ballinadee Community Hall organised by Margaret Moloney.

Siobhan Slattery & members of her family at her Street Children of India Charity Fundraiser, Crosshaven House, 19th February. Photo: Siobhán Russell

In December, Nuala launched her booklet ‘From Sunrise to Sunset’ about the charity. Donations can be made to the Street Children of India bank account at Bank of Ireland, Carrigaline No. 27327994 sort code 90-29-79. Standing orders are also welcome or contact Nuala at 086 8170527.

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