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Irish third world charity expands North

Irish third world charity expands North

Bóthar, the charity that began the trend towards people buying livestock for the Third World, has expanded from the Irish Republic into Northern .

Bothar is putting down permanent roots in Northern Ireland by officially opening offices in Anna House, Belfast. This is a major milestone for the 17-year-old Limerick-based organization.

Peter Power T.D. Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs of Ireland with responsibility for Overseas Development presided over the official opening ceremony held in Anna House.

“There are many generous and giving people living in Northern Ireland and I am sure they will agree that the work Bóthar does make such a positive and active difference throughout the world,” Mr Power said.

Speaking at the opening, Bóthar Chief Executive Peter Ireton offered his congratulations to the Belfast staff. “I am delighted that Bóthar has grown to such an extent that we are opening an office in Northern Ireland,” Mr. Ireton said “The people of Northern Ireland have been extremely generous to Bóthar in the past, and we hope to build on our success with the establishment of our Northern Ireland office.”

The Belfast office will strive to lift the profile of Bóthar throughout Northern Ireland and spread the word about Bóthar’s special approach to sustainable world development throughout the province. The office is headed by Aoibheann Fearon – Bóthar Northern Ireland Representative.

The official opening of the office is taking place in conjunction with a large airlift of goats due to fly out of Belfast Airport. Some 430 Irish Dairy goats will find their new homes in Uganda just in time for Christmas. This is Bóthar’s second major airlift from Northern Ireland, the first taking place in the spring of 2006.

Bóthar, the Irish development organisation established in 1991, provides livestock and holistic training as sustainable solutions to end hunger and poverty around the world while protecting the environment. In collaboration with other organisations and partners, Bóthar supports projects in some 40 countries worldwide.

Paul Artherton has a BA (Hons) Degree from Queen’s University and a MA Degree in Journalism from Pennsylvania State University. He has worked in PR and fundraising for over 27 years. Previously assistant director for fundraising and public relations at the Simon Community Northern Ireland for seven years, for the last 17 years he has run his own fundraising consultancy business specialising in fundraising, sponsorship, public relations and recruitment. His clients have included charities, private sector and public bodies. Examples include the Ulster Cancer Foundation, Simon Communities of Ireland, NI Hospice, North and West Belfast Health and Social Services Trust, Aiken Promotions, the Industrial Development Board and the Ulster Museum. He has lectured on voluntary sector management at Queens University Belfast Institute for Continuing Education. Since 2010 Paul has been a lay member of the NI Charity Tribunal.

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