On behalf of Concern Worldwide, I would like to express my sincere thanks to the readers of the Banbridge Leader for their support. During 2013, the people of Banbridge gave £38,606 to Concern.
This generosity is 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.
Special thanks should also be given to the volunteers who continue to give up their time to raise vital funds for Concern.
Last year, you 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 providing families with life-saving essentials in the harsh winter they faced.
As well as our emergency work, we also place great emphasis on long-term development projects, empowering people to to tackle hunger and lift themselves out of poverty.
With best wishes from, Peter Anderson Head of Concern Worldwide, Northern Ireland.