Ireland’s Greatest launches new appeal to end starvation

19 12 2013











Former SDLP leader and Nobel Peace Laureate John Hume is supporting a new appeal to the worldwide combined Christian Churches to become actively involved in a concerted effort to end the premature deaths of tens of thousands of destitute children from the Developing World who needlessly die every day from starvation or dreadful diseases resulting from malnutrition.

Mr Hume (voted ‘Ireland’s Greatest’ person of all time in an RTÉ poll in 2010) is backing the appeal by 80-year-old fellow Derryman Eamon Melaugh – whose charity Action with Effect provides care to destitute lepers, orphans and street children in India.

Mr Hume said: “I am delighted to support Eamon Melaugh’s appeal to the worldwide combined Christian Churches.

“Eamon’s efforts make a compelling call on all of us to rally against poverty in the world which is limiting people’s rights, living conditions and lives.

“While high level actions by governments internationally are important, there is also the need for solidarity from churches, communities, aid agencies and individuals.

“Eamon is a truly inspirational character who has shown over time a very strong commitment to helping others and encouraging people here to be mindful of the need not just to appreciate what we have, but to give what we can to assist those in need.”

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