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Clonmany woman's big sandwich challenge 29.09.08

A CLONMANY woman is urging the people of Donegal to use their loaf to help millions of starving people in Africa.
Lorraine McPeake is co-ordinating her home county's response to National Sandwich Day on behalf of Self Help Africa (SHA).
The organisation is hoping to raise more than 1m during a ten-week national campaign, culminating in the first ever National Sandwich Day on Friday, November 14. Lorraine is aiming to raise at least 80,000 over the next couple of months and is currently contacting businesses, groups and schools around the county outlining the campaign and encouraging people to participate.
The event is sponsored by Pat the Baker and anyone who wishes to take part is supplied with free loaves of bread. The profits from the sandwich sales will go directly to Self Help Africa to help fund their work in Africa. Lorraine will be on hand to provide help and support to anyone who wishes to organise an event, big or small. "The response during the early stages of the campaign has been very positive with several people expressing an interest in helping," she said.
If you would like to find out more in person, Lorraine will be discussing the campaign with a gathering at the Greenbank Hall, Quigley's Point on Friday, October 10 at 2pm.
She said a local band, The White Shadows, had already offered to perform a charity gig at the Malin Hotel on Friday, October 24 with all proceeds going to Self Help Africa.
Pictured at the recent launch of Self Help Africa's national campaign are Self Help Africa ceo Ray Jordan and Donegal fundraising co-ordinator Lorraine McPeake.
Self Help Africa was formed in 2008 following the integration of two agencies, Irish NGO Self Help Development International and the United Kingdom NGO Harvest Help. Figures show that 80% of Africans rely on agriculture for their livelihoods. SHA delivers practical, cost effective and sustainable solutions to the challenges faced by Africa's rural poor and is currently working with local staff, partners and communities in Ethiopia, Eritrea, Malawi, Zambia, Kenya, Ghana, Uganda, Togo and Burkina Faso. The organisation has ambitious plans to effect change and deliver more support to more people. To find out more contact Lorraine at donegal@selfhelpafrica.com or call her on 086 8207681. You can also visit www.sandwichday.ie .
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