Kildare local, Trudy Jeffers, received a special recognition award from Christian Aid Ireland recently for her charitable work over the last 20 years with the aid organisation.
Christian Aid Ireland’s Church and Community Officer, Jane Burns said; “We are eternally grateful to Trudy for the incredible work and support she provides for us year on year. Without people like Trudy, we would not be able to provide help to those in most need, so it’s hugely important to recognise the efforts of special people like Trudy in eradicating poverty. We’d like to say a big thank you to Trudy and everyone in Kildare for their continued support.”
Trudy has been a church representative for Christian Aid Ireland for over 20 years and has organised many shopping centre and street collections all over the county, raising thousands in the process. Her tireless efforts have not gone unnoticed by the aid agency, and this month she received her award certificate.
This year’s Christian Aid Week, which took place in May, focused on the organisation’s work to support people who have been forced to flee their homes by conflict or extreme weather in countries like Haiti, but who are unable to leave their country.
“There are 43 million people worldwide who have been forced to flee and they suffer many of the same types of abuses and unstable living conditions that refugees face,” said Jane Burns. “As they have not crossed an international border, they are largely ignored by the international community and are denied the official protection afforded to refugees. They are among the most vulnerable to poverty and exploitation in the world.
“Christian Aid Week is supported by an incredible network of volunteers from local churches across the north and south, who fundraise in their own communities. The people of Kildare have always been so supportive and generous in their donations, especially people like Trudy, who go above and beyond to help us in our efforts to make the world a better place. We’d like to say a big thanks to Trudy, and indeed to everyone who has helped, for their tremendous support.”