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9/11/14 REPRO FREE
Donnie O'Shea, Cahersiveen Kerrry and Peter Ryan, Silvermines, Tipperary watches as the heifers they donated to Bothar to help impoverished Romanian farmers are loaded in Roscrea Mart.
Pierre Ferrari travels to Ireland for airlift of €100,000 worth of aid in the form of 70 in-calf dairy heifers to impoverished Romanian people.
The CEO of a major US global charity that counts Bill Clinton, Ellen de Generes and Meryl Streep among its supporters has said that the generosity of the Irish people through the recession is striking to all working in the developing world.
Speaking at Shannon Airport this morning ahead of an airlift of 70 in-calf dairy heifers, including 30 raised by inmates at Shelton Abbey and Loughan House prisons, that will transform the lives of an impoverished Romanian community, CEO of Heifer International CEO Pierre Ferrari said that Irish people are an example to the rest of the world when it comes to helping the poor.
Heifer International, which has itself lifted 20.7million families out of abject poverty since it was founded 70 years ago and will aid 2million families this year, was the first aid organisation in the world to use livestock as a means of lifting people out of poverty. Among its leading international partner agencies is Irish NGO Bóthar, which is responsible for the today’s airlift from Shannon Airport after having the 70 heifers donated to it by Irish farmers.
Mr Ferrari, who joined Bóthar Executive Director Deirdre M Ryan on the precious cargo flight to Romania this morning, said that he has been struck by the extraordinary sense of giving of the Irish people.
Pic Sean Curtin Photo.