Offaly people urged to support Gorta’s ‘Soup for Life’ campaign

Gorta’s annual ‘Soup for Life’ campaign is taking place in Offaly again this year from the 1st to the 8th March and is being proudly supported by Erin Soups, Love Irish Food, the Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI) and the Vintners Federation of Ireland (VFI). Bars, cafés and restaurants across the county are getting involved and donating €1 per bowl of soup sold during the week.

Gorta’s annual ‘Soup for Life’ campaign is taking place in Offaly again this year from the 1st to the 8th March and is being proudly supported by Erin Soups, Love Irish Food, the Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI) and the Vintners Federation of Ireland (VFI). Bars, cafés and restaurants across the county are getting involved and donating €1 per bowl of soup sold during the week.

According to Gorta’s Acting CEO Tom Kirley, “It’s really important that Offaly gets behind us in this campaign and helps us continue to work towards making hunger history. All the public have to do is get out to a participating restaurant, cafe or pub and order the soup. It’s really that easy.”

He added, “€1 per bowl of soup sold during the week will be donated to one of our projects in Keringet, Kenya, which improves food security in the region. Changing a lunchtime habit for one simple week can make a huge difference to us.”

Gorta is asking everyone across Offaly to get out during ‘Soup for Life’ week and support the campaign by ordering the soup at participating restaurants, which will include Siroccos, The Brewery Tap and The Bridge House Hotel in Tullamore and many more.

Adrian Cummins, CEO of the Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI) said, “The RAI is proud to be a part of this campaign for the second year running and we have urged our entire membership to sign up. Most importantly for us, this campaign urges people to eat out at their local restaurants and cafés, meaning that the local economy in Offaly, as well as this very worthwhile project in Kenya, benefits greatly.”

Any budding chefs can also host their very own soup party at home and donate the funds raised to the charity. Gorta is encouraging people to get a group of their friends round and show off their soup-making skills for a good cause.

All money raised from ‘Soup for Life’ 2013 will go straight to a Gorta supported project in Keringet, Kenya which aims to improve food security within the region. The project aims to get the people of the region eating three nutritious meals a day, particularly mothers and children.

Gorta is asking for as much support as possible for this very worthy cause. Anyone who would like to take part in ‘Soup for Life’ 2013 can email soup@gorta.org or get further information, such as the full list of participating venues on www.soupforlife.ie.