TROCAIRE has issued an urgent appeal for the return of collection boxes

by Gazette Reporter

TROCAIRE has issued an urgent appeal for the return of collection boxes in Dublin as the charity reveals a 60% drop in its Lenten Appeal due to Covid restrictions.

Life-saving programmes have been put at risk because of the funding shortfall – and Trocaire is urging supporters to either return their box locally or donate online.

Trocaire’s Lenten Appeal raised €358,188 last year in Dublin, with two-thirds of the money from Trocaire boxes distributed through parishes and schools.

Travel and social restrictions – including the closure of parishes and schools – means most boxes have not been returned this year.

People are being urged to contact their local parish centre to see if it is possible to return the donation box within social distancing guidelines.

St Cronin’s Church in Swords, Co Dublin, said that from next weekend on there will be a ‘drive thru’ return option in the car park outside the church. 

Parish priest Fr Paul Thornton said it will be an opportunity for households with children, who received the boxes through their schools and communities, to drive and drop them outside the church.

Supporters can donate online at trocaire.org, by phone at 1850 408 408, or by post to Trócaire, Freepost, Maynooth, Co. Kildare.

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