Something practical for Gaza
Deaglán de Bréadún
I know from the response to various posts I have written about Gaza that there is great interest in the issue among readers of this blog. Many people have a feeling of helplessness as the tragedy continues to unfold. Here is something of a practical nature which has been brought to my attention and I pass the message on for your consideration:-
“On Friday January 30th Irish MAP (Medical Aid for Palestinians) is hosting a Gaza Hour from 1.00pm-2.00pm, to raise badly-needed funds for medical aid to help the stricken people of Gaza.
“Irish Map wants to encourage everyone in Ireland to participate in fund-raising activities of their choice, to try and raise the targeted total of €430,000, which would represent a contribution of 10 cent for every man, woman and child in the country. We are raising money rather than collecting medical equipment on account of the tight embargo at Gaza’s borders.
“Irish Map calls on every school, college, workplace, sporting and business organisation, every community and voluntary group, every trade union and association to make a special effort to show solidarity and practical help to the citizens of Gaza who have suffered so much in recent times and whose lives have been so shattered by violence.
“Our website is www.irishmap.ie and all the monies raised can be securely transmitted to Irish Map through that website or lodged to
Irish Map, AIB Westmoreland Street, Dublin 2.
Account Number: 31267097 Sort Code: 933384.
“Every single penny raised will go directly to the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS), a sister organisation of the Red Cross.
“Irish Map is a registered charity, chaired by former Senator Mick Lanigan and comprising cross-party political representatives such as Des O’Malley, Michael D. Higgins and David Andrews, prominent business and media people, as well as senior medical personnel from Palestine.”