Cam committee oversee departure of six heifers

Six heifers from south Roscommon left for Rwanda recently under the watchful eye of members of Cam Bóthar Committee. Committee members travelled to Roscrea, Co. Tipperary on 22nd January to observe the preparation of the six heifers purchased by the committee for the consignment of sixty-five in-calf dairy heifers being sent to Rwanda by Bóthar. The heifers were purchased from funds raised by Cam Bóthar Committee as a result of fundraising activities organised by them in the Curraghboy and Brideswell area of South Roscommon during the year. Bóthar, the international aid agency that provides poverty stricken families with the means to lift themselves out of poverty, sent its first airlift of 2008 of 65 in-calf heifers to Kigali in Rwanda at 9 pm Tuesday the 22nd of January. The gift of a farm animal gives a poor family an opportunity to improve their circumstances and, by working with their animal, in time, to raise themselves up to a position of relative comfort. Each recipient has to do a training course on caring for their animal as well as preparing proper housing facilities and growing the correct fodder. The family not only can provide themselves with a balanced diet, they can also sell or barter the surplus produce locally, earning an income which helps send their children to school. Established in 1991, Bóthar is working in over forty countries in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and South America, using sixteen different species of livestock, ranging from dairy cows, dairy goats and pigs, to dairy camels, yak and bees. Bóthar is hoping to send a number of dairy heifer airlifts to Rwanda and Albania over the coming months. The number of airlifts that Bóthar are able to send depends on the number of in-calf dairy heifers that are donated, so if you would like to donate an animal to go on one of the up coming airlifts or if you would like any further information please contact Maria McCormack, Airlift Co-ordinator on (061) 414142 or email maria@bothar.ie or join your local Bóthar committee.