Castleisland natives and Bon Secours Hospital staff members, Mag Cotter and Niamh Prendiville will hold a Sudan Appeal Bake Sale at St. John’s Hall in Castleisland tomorrow evening, Saturday, December 9th from 5pm to 8pm.
The women are part of a two dozen strong party of health specialists from the Tralee based hospital preparing to fly out to the war ravaged region of northern Sudan on the days immediately after Christmas.
Post Christmas Cargo
Their post Christmas cargo will benefit up to 2,500 children there as their peers in the Castleisland area have been assembling folders of goodies for them over the past few weeks.
The folders include colouring books and little gifts and Kelloggs have rowed in behind the idea.
The breakfast cereal giants have given them a huge quantity of their Kelloggs Cúl Camp gear which they usually present to the GAA camps here during the summer.
Civil War and Disputes
Civil war and disputes over the divided country’s rich, natural resources have taken political precedence over the welfare of its citizens for years.
Civil wars and their consequences have also made mercy missions, like the one Mag and Niamh are embarking on now, a vital survival tool for the natives there.
“Our visit to Sudan has been well flagged and people are travelling over long distances already at the news of the medical camps we’ll be setting up there. They have no hope of ever getting medical treatment for themselves or for their children because of the situation in the country,” said Mag.
All Hands on Deck
The travelling team will include 12 nurses and three doctors as well as cardiologists, physiotherapists and administrative staff members.
It will be all hands on deck as they open the ‘pop-up’ clinics they intend to operate during their stay from December 27th to January 5th.
Mag and Niamh would appreciate any donations appropriate to the needs of the people they intend to serve during the trip. They would especially welcome a good turnout at St. John’s Hall on Saturday evening from 5pm.
St. John’s Hall can be accessed from Church Street via the Presentation Convent gateway at the town side of the parish church or from Convent Street / Creamery Lane through the gateway across from the mart and Castleisland Day Care Centre.
Mag can be contacted on: 087 75 68 557 and Niamh on: 086 39 07 670.
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