Kacce-Mae Donnelly, a 9 year old pupil at Our Lady’s Primary School, Tullysaran, and a fashionable glass wearer, thought it would be a great idea to donate all her old glasses to poorer children around the world. Kacce-Mae, and her family, enlisted the help of the dedicated bunch of people from the Armagh Tigers Charitable Trust, who never shy away from helping those in need, and through them they were put in contact with Fields of Life, whose mission is to change lives, transform communities and build hope.
“Fields of Life were delighted when we contacted them seeking their help to distribute the huge amount of glasses collected”, explains Helen.
David Gough, from Fields of Life said, “This is truly an amazing act of generosity from an amazing young girl, Kacce-Mae. The glasses will make a real difference to nearly 2,500 children and adults in South Sudan”.
Fields of Life will distribute the glasses to partners in Maridi and Ibba, Western Equatoria, South Sudan and also to the main hospital in the capital Juba. “We have contact with an Ophthalmologist who will ensure the glasses are the correct prescription for the recipients”, added David.
Kacee-Mae contacted schools across the province, promoted the collection in local papers, parish bulletins, local shops, had family and friends collect in their local areas, and with all their help and support collected an amazing, 2490 pairs of glasses!.
Kacce-Mae and her family would now like to say a huge thankyou to everyone who helped collect the glasses and parcel them ready for distribution. “We would especially like to thank Armagh Tigers Charitable Trust and Field of Life for all their help. We really couldn’t have done it without you all.” said Helen.
Cover Photo taken in Armagh City Hotel – launch of the eye glass collection
Kieran McAnallen, Chairperson of Armagh Tigers Charitable Trust; Colm Quinn, Treasurer – ATCT; Kevin Toner – Committee member ATCT; Kacce-Mae Donnelly and her mum, Helen.
Above Photo –taken in Tullysaran Community Centre
Kieran McAnallen, Chairperson Armagh Tigers Charitable trust; Kacce-Mae Donnelly, her mum, Helen and David Gough, International Development Manager, Fields of Life;.