On the 26th of November 2014 a lady came into our school, St. Corban's, to talk to us about the charity she works for, named GOAL.
The lady introduced herself as Louise. First of all she showed us a video about what GOAL do and a few facts about the charity.
What is GOAL?
GOAL is a charity that was founded 37 years ago in 1977. It was founded by a man named John O’Shea (not the soccer player) . His aim was to help third world countries and countries who are dealing with natural and/or man made disasters. Back then all he did was bring supplies such as medical gloves and very basic first aid equipment to countries who were struggling with said problems. Now GOAL has ballooned into a massive organisation who have visited and helped over 50 countries worldwide! With over 2900 staff and over €800,000 spent on helping people less fortunate than ourselves, GOAL is on its way to being one of the worlds largest humanitarian organisations.
In 2014 GOAL celebrated a few anniversaries. It had been 30 years since they had helped out hugely during the famine in Ethiopia, 20 years since they had responded to the Rwanda genocide, 10 years since they had helped over 30,000 people after the Sri. Lanka Tsunami and 5 years since GOAL fed over 200,000 people after the earthquake in Haiti and built over 20,000 homes for people whose homes had been destroyed. In 2013 GOAL celebrated their 35th anniversary since they had completed their first mission in India. They are currently tackling Ebola in Liberia and Sierra Leone.
GOAL's mission statement reads:
“To work towards ensuring that the poorest of the poor and most vulnerable in our world and/or those affected by humanitarian crises (either natural or man made) have access to the fundamental rights of life, including (but not limited to) adequate shelter, food, water & sanitation, healthcare and education”
They have done exactly that in their 37 years of existence.
GOAL have multiple fundraisers every year to help them raise money for their work. One of these, The GOAL Mile, is taking place all over the country on Christmas Day.
GOAL is a great charity and you could help them continue doing their great work by either donating or running the GOAL Mile or taking part in one of their fundraisers in the future.
Thanks for reading this article and please, do whatever you can to give this great charity the money in order to keep their great work up.
Photos by Adam, article by David C., St. Corban's Media Team.
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