Leinster to support Concern Earthquake Appeal…
January 15, 2010 12:00 am client
Supporters attending Saturday evening’s Heineken Cup clash in the RDS are asked to donate to Concern’s Haiti Earthquake Appeal…
Meanwhile, the Irish Rugby Union Players Association (IRUPA) which represents professional rugby players in Ireland will donate €;20,000 on behalf of its members to the Concern Haiti Earthquake Appeal.
On seeing the devastation which the earthquake has caused in Haiti, IRUPA CEO Niall Woods sought the consent of his Executive Board to make the donation from the IRUPA Injured Players Fund.
Commenting on the crisis in Haiti, Marcus Horan, Chairman of IRUPA: “Haiti is completely devastated; funds are needed immediately to assist in the provision of food, water and shelter. The member’s of IRUPA hope that this donation will in someway help assist the humanitarian response of Concern in Haiti. We are urging people to make a donation and support the efforts of aid agencies in Haiti; a small donation can make a big difference”.
Concern’s emergency response team in Haiti will be involved in search and rescue. They are assessing the situation on the ground in the capital Port-au-Prince, Saut d’Eau and the island of La Gonave. Food, water, shelter and medicine are the immediate priority for those that have survived the catastrophe.
Concern has a lot of experience dealing with disasters in Haiti. In 2008, they provided post-hurricane relief to 1,269 families distributing seeds, tools and livestock to more than 8,000 people in affected communities. Working in Haiti since 1994, Concern’s has over 100 staff in Haiti and 16 local partners and their long-term work is in health, education, peace-building and community work.
Please support the Concern Haiti Earthquake Appeal, visit www.concern.net to make a donation.
*Staff from Dublin’s 98, Newstalk, Spin and Today FM are on Saturday evening collecting in and around the RDS in aid of Concern Haiti Earthquake Appeal. Concern have staff on the ground in Haiti and are distributing food, water, shelter materials and medical supplies.