A campaign to raise funds for those affected by war and famine in Yemen has so far raised more than €150,000.
Together for Yemen asks each of Ireland’s dairy farmers to donate the equivalent of one day’s milk from a cow to the Red Cross to distribute in Yemen.
I wanted to draw attention to the Yemeni people and the plight they were enduring
The effort orchestrated by Longford farmer Mike Magan has seen farmers from both sides of the border put their shoulder to the wheel, with sights now set on crossing the €200,000 mark.
“I wanted to draw attention to the Yemeni people and the plight they were enduring. A father was feeding his child a sugar and water paste, that’s all he had. The images were stuck in my head and I knew I had to make an effort to help these people.”
Magan and fellow dairy farmers and co-ops have been generous in their pledges.
Land of plenty
“We live in a land of plenty and only endure mild inconveniences at worst. It’s a privilege to live in such a stable country and I thought why not share some of our good fortune.
“I’ve been blown away by the response the campaign has received from the entire farming community.
“One farmer who is finishing up milking has decided to donate the money from his final milk collection to the campaign.”