Mum's the word

Niall2 Posted by Niall Manogue on Mon, 10 Mar 2008 | 0 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

I wanted to take a minute and write something about a scheme we ran a few months ago – belated I agree but important nonetheless…

For most of us in Ireland, Christmas is a time when we receive more than enough nutrition. My New Year is often spent trying to correct the results of my festive overindulgence! Christmas 2007 saw CMS Ireland running an alternative gift scheme focused around nutrition needs in one of our global partner locations.

Kiwoko Hospital, in Luwero Diocese, is a 250 bed facility trying to provide quality, affordable healthcare to some 500,000 people in Central Uganda. Though Uganda is a lush and fertile country, malnutrition remains a real issue, particularly for young children. As such, Kiwoko has a specific ward that deals with paediatric malnutrition.

Building on the success of the alternative Christmas gift in 2006 (mosquito nets!), CMS Ireland volunteer Yvonne Manogue (who happens to be my Mum!), agreed to coordinate a similar scheme this year. Individuals were given the chance to purchase the equivalent of 1 week’s admission and treatment on the hospital’s paediatric malnutrition ward. As a result of this over £3,000 was raised; this means that Kiwoko will be able to continue providing affordable nutrition treatment to those children most in need.

If you are my mum, then thank you for pulling everything together. If you were someone who bought a week’s worth of treatment then thank you! If you, or indeed the person the receiving the gift, would like to find out more about the work of CMS Ireland or Kiwoko Hospital, please give me a shout.

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