Northern Ireland charity, Self Help Africa, has celebrated a combined 725 years of volunteering at a special milestone ceremony recognising the vital value of its volunteers who manage the charity’s retail shops across Northern Ireland.
Forty of the charity’s 200 plus volunteers make up the staggering combined total of 725 years, with some devoting 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 40 and 45 years of volunteering in the charity’s shops.
Formerly known as War On Want Northern Ireland and well established in towns and cities across Northern Ireland, Self Help Africa has more than 200 energetic volunteers who support agricultural development projects in Uganda, Kenya, Zambia, Ethiopia and across several countries in West Africa, to alleviate extreme poverty and hunger.
Denny Elliott, Head of NI, Self Help Africa said: “As Volunteers’ Week approaches it was an honour for me to meet so many of our enthusiastic and committed volunteers and to hear their stories about volunteering in our shops. We are indebted to their fundraising efforts in local communities here, to help our work overseas in improving the lives of rural farming communities in some of the world’s poorest regions.
“Our shops couldn’t run without our volunteers and if you would like to donate a spare hour of your time in your local shop to help the work of Self Help Africa you would be greatly contributing to our efforts to end global poverty.”
Self Help Africa has charity shops in Bangor, Ballynahinch, Belfast, Coleraine, Downpatrick, Dunmurry, Holywood and Lisburn. If you would like to volunteer with Self Help Africa visit www.selfhelpafrica.org or contact Winne Okot at Self Help Africa by email at email@example.com or by phone 028 9023 2064.