REMINDER: GOAL Jersey Day – 13th October

HSE staff have been supporting the international humanitarian and development agency, GOAL, for a number of years by participating in the charity’s annual Jersey Day campaign. This year’s GOAL Jersey Day will be held on Friday, 13th October.

Jersey Day is one of the biggest fundraisers in the GOAL calendar. The popular initiative gives pupils, students and office workers in Ireland the opportunity to wear their favourite sports jersey to school or work for the day, and donate to GOAL’s lifesaving work around the world.

Deirdre Stanley, Tyone Health Centre, Mid West Community Healthcare, is one HSE worker who has gotten involved.

Deirdre said: “Tyone Health Centre actively looks forward to participating in GOAL Jersey Day each year. It is an event that everyone can take part in and all enjoy wearing their county colours of their favourite teams. We usually hold this event at coffee break where the banter starts about the different types of jerseys worn and the teams they represent. It is a fantastic way of raising funds for charity.”

GOAL says that along with many others, the agency is currently tackling a major humanitarian crisis with four countries across Africa and the Middle East on the brink of famine. In the Horn of Africa alone, where GOAL has been caring for people for more than 30 years, 16 million people currently face starvation.  Ethiopia is at the centre of this crisis and, despite problems of its own, it is hosting almost one million refugees, primarily from South Sudan, Somalia and Eritrea.

The vast majority of the South Sudanese refugees are located at Gambella in the west of the Ethiopia where GOAL supports more than 120,000 mainly women and children across two camps.

GOAL says that so far this year, it has already reached more than over 16,000 children. Also, over 12,000 Eritrean refugees are directly benefitting from its nutrition and water programming in the Afar region in the north of the country.

According to GOAL, Ethiopia is host to the second largest refugee population in Africa and needs more support to enable it to protect and assist these refugees in a better way.

GOAL says that the work it is doing in places like Gambella and Afar is lifesaving and that if it wasn’t there to provide nutritional support the weakest and most vulnerable would simply not survive.

If you would like to help GOAL’s work with refugees in Ethiopia, you can do so by taking part in GOAL Jersey Day on Friday, 13th October.

To find out more email jerseyday@goal.ie  or contact the GOAL fundraising team on 01-2809779.