Like many people I was deeply touched by the images on our television screens in recent days documenting the exten of the tragedy following the earthquake in Haiti. I was persnally moved to launch an appeal and collection on behalf of the following charities – Trocaire, Concern, GOAL and the Irish Red Cross.
‘I believe the people of Dublin would welcome the opportunity to express their support for the families and relatives of people who died, were injured and were made homeless by this disaster’ said the Lord Mayor.
‘I am aware that the people of Dublin have suffered over the last year from the downturn in the economy with many people losing their jobs, with increases in taxes and of course the recent spell of bad weather. However I personally welcome the chance to do anything I can to assist the tremendous work being done by the aid agencies and to facilitate public support for their work.
I have arranged to have a facility to collect money at the Mansion House, Dawson Street, the Civic Offices, Wood Quay and City Hall, Dame Street. I would encourage others to arrange collections in work places, at church gates and in pubs and shops and any other place where people gather.’
The collection boxes will be open at the Mansion House, Civic Offices and City Hall at the following times:
Fri 15th January 2010 14.00 to 17.00
Sat 16th January 2010 10.00 to 17.00 (Mansion House and City Hall only)
Mon 18th January 2010 10.00 to 17.00
Tues 19th January 2010 10.00 to 17.00
Wed. 20th January 2010 10.00 to 17.00