Children from primary schools in Naas participated in a Hallowe’en campaign to raise awareness about poverty in the Third World.
IT was part of World Vision Ireland’s Hallowe’en of Hope campaign.
The public were asked to carve a heart into their Hallowe’en pumpkin or create a heart inspired piece of art work.
According to WVI the project demonstrated that those taking part care about children around the world who don’t have the best start in life.
“World Vison Ireland wants to make people aware that too many children are not reaching their fifth birthday. By carving a heart of hope into their pumpkins they were helping to raise awareness of this awful reality as well as demonstrating support for all children to live healthy and happy lives regadelss of where they are born,” said WVI chief executive Helen Keogh.
She added: “Millions of children die every year from something as simple as a tummy bug. These children are sons, daughters, brothers, sisters. They have their whole lives ahead of them. When a disaster strikes we are rightly outraged when children are hurt, yet chiildren are dying every day from something we have the ability to stop. This doesn’t have to tbe the case. We can make a difference.”
World Vision is a child focused overseas aid agency, aiming to provide children with the access to clean water and food by supportintg new mums and their babies. It’s the largest privately funded non-Governmental Organisation in the world.
It was supported by fruit distributors Keelings. Pumpkin were on sale with stickers directing the children to a WVI website where stencils and instructions were located as well as pumpkin recipes by chefs Donal Skehan, Derry Clarke and Neven Maguire.