Have you heard of Bóthar? It’s an Irish charity that helps impoverished farmers in countries such as Rwanda and Uganda. Coming up to Christmas, they encourage people to buy other people gifts such as a Bóthar set of bees or a goat or some chickens, in other words, you can give your brother a set of bees that are given to a family in Rwanda. The children in Sunday School all contributed for about a year and sent a goat, I think it was €300. Many Irish farmers donate an in-calf heifer and many have been sent out to Uganda. All farmers have to attend a training course before they are allocated any animals. The terms include that the first female calf is given to another family. Many stories of Bothar’s excellent work can be viewed on their website.
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Why am I writing this post? Bóthar contacted me to ask if I would be interested in going on a sponsored trek across the Cotswolds in November to raise much needed funds. They also asked if I could help them promote it but as I’ve a book coming out, a blog awards to organise and a husband who might divorce me if I headed off for 5 days with other adults for good craic, good conversation and walks across beautiful countryside, I decided to opt for the latter!
The Cotswolds is a beautiful part of the countryside. We lived in Bristol for a year and I did my MA in Bath (when living in Salisbury) so we saw lots of it. It’s a place of Britain I would love to revisit. It has beautiful picture postcard villages, market towns and valleys with the striking Cotswold stone. The names are pure poetry – Stow-on-the-wold has to be one of my favourites.
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Bóthar are going to use funds raised for the build of a creamery in Rwanda. 55 cows were despatched to Rwanda in 2011 and how they are at the next stage of their development which will really help these people to have a secure future.
The dates are 4th – 8th November, the cost is €950 and you need to be reasonably fit (knew there was another reason I couldn’t go!) . Apart from the fact it is for a wonderful cause, it really does sound a good week. If you don’t have a husband or wife that might divorce you if you suggested heading off, do consider it. If you can manage it, both of you could go. €50 and an application form will secure your place and places are limited to 40 participants. For further information on this event, please contact the Fundraising Projects office of Bóthar on 071 9120100, email firstname.lastname@example.org Full details are here. Beautiful countryside, good company, fresh air, good pubs, a beer in the evening …. what could be nicer?
(Just to point out this isn’t a sponsored post – I really like what Bóthar are doing and wanted to give them a shoutout)