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Sigmar Announce Charity Partnership With Gorta-Self Help Africa

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Sigmar Recruitment have joined the global fight to end hunger and poverty by announcing a charity partnership with international development charity Gorta Self-help Africa.

 

The partnership was selected by Sigmar’s 100 strong workforce and will be led by employees who aim to raise much needed funds for Gorta-Self Help through sponsored events and fundraising initiatives.

 

Gorta-Self Help Africa, which marked its 50th anniversary last year, is one of Ireland’s leading development organisations. The charity implements a broad range of agricultural development projects that are designed to support rural communities to grow more and earn more from their small farms.

 

CEO Ray Jordan said that they were delighted with their new partnership with Sigmar. “It is fantastic to be able to call upon the expertise of one of Ireland’s top recruitment consultancies, and to draw upon their knowledge and skills so that we can deliver the best results that we can for the rural poor people of Africa.”

 

Sigmar Recruitment Director Adrian McGennis said: “we are so pleased to announce Gorta-Self Help Africa as our new charity partner, an organisation which makes such a difference in the rural communities of Africa and we look forward to supporting the good work that they do. The charity’s commitment to tackling hunger with projects that empower farmers and equip them with the tools to start businesses and become self-sufficient, is an incredibly worthy cause.”

 

250 million people in Africa, farmers and their families, suffer hunger and malnutrition, struggling in extreme rural poverty without enough food; left behind by rising economic growth. Gorta-Self Help believes that it is only by tackling the challenges faced by rural farming communities that real and sustained economic progress can be made across sub-Saharan Africa.

Posted by Julia Purcell, Marketing & Communications Manager on 7 December 2017

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