Up to 1,000 school children, from both urban and rural areas in Offaly got up close and personal with farm animals, some for the very first time, last Thursday when they attended aid organisation Bóthar’s annual Open Day.
The event, which took place at Roscrea Livestock Mark, was attended by children drawn from schools in the locality as well as from as far afield as Limerick, Dublin and Clare. The children got a real insight into the aid organisation’s work and many of the animals it places with poverty stricken families across the world.
Among those attending were children from Coolderry NS, Seir Kieran NS, Clareen; Ceann Eitigh NS, Kinnitty; Mercy Primary School, Birr and Offaly School of Special Education, Kilcruttin, Tullamore.
The fun day saw Bóthar educate schoolchildren as to how animals such as cows, goats, sheep, pigs and chickens, help lift over 6,000 people each year out of destitution annually across the developing world.
As well as getting to experience the animals up close there were also be a range of games and general fun activities at the event including face painting.
The organisation is this year also celebrating its 21st birthday, having been established in 1991 as a one-off gesture of airlifting local cows to Uganda as part of the local farming community’s way of marking Treaty 300 celebrations in Limerick.
Bóthar assists needy families overcome hunger, malnutrition and poverty in a simple, sustainable manner and then passes the first born animal to another needy family in the community so the cycle continues, and so on.
Bóthar is currently working in 30 project countries around the world working with 16 animal species such as cows, goats, water buffalo, snails, bees and camels.
For further information about Bóthar please contact Bóthar on +353 61 414142, write to FREEPOST, Old Clare Street, Limerick or log onto www.bothar.org
See this week’s Offaly Express for further photographic coverage