During 2013, the people of Ballymena gave an amazing total of £141,349 to aid agency Concern.
Peter Anderson, head of Concern Worldwide in Northern Ireland said such generosity was not taken for granted.
“It is what makes our work possible, and I feel it is important that our supporters know how much we value their commitment,” he said. “Last year, the money provided by the people of Ballymena helped us tackle some tough challenges. After Typhoon Haiyan devastated parts of the Philippines, our supporters responded generously, helping Concern provide emergency aid to thousands of people affected.
“We have also been responding to the humanitarian crisis in Syria and Lebanon. Despite the complex environment, operations are now up and running and we are providing families with blankets, stoves, fuel and clothes - life-saving essentials in the harsh winter they have faced.
As well as our emergency work, we also place great emphasis on long-term development projects, empowering people to tackle hunger and lift themselves out of poverty. In 2013, your kind donations enabled us to buy lifesaving food and train health workers in Kenya so they can treat malnourished children as well as providing tools and livestock to farming communities in South Sudan and Ethiopia. By combining our expertise with local knowledge, Concern develops projects that give people the chance to tackle hunger in the long term.”