Pictured, attendees at the Cork Conversation Café which took place last January. Concern Worldwide will hold their Limerick Conversation Café March 29 at the Limerick Youth Service Café for Project Us Limerick 2018.
Project Us Limerick 2018 hopes to spark conversation about ending hunger at Conversation Cafe
by ilovelimerick correspondent, Chloe O’Keeffe
Project Us is Concern Worldwide’s all-island movement for change and is hosting Conversation Cafés in all major cities. Project Us Limerick 2018 will be taking place March 22 from 6pm, where Concern and Project Us will host their infamous World Café in the Limerick Youth Services Coffee Bar, with endless amounts of teas, coffees, and light refreshments being made available.
The aim of these coffee conversation events is to bring communities together to reflect on the issues that matter to us all the most and get ideas on the Global Goals speaking.
In December of 2016, the Irish government joined 192 other countries globally, in signing the Global Goals, or Sustainable Development Goals. These are a collection of some 17 goals that aim to change the world into a healthier, happier and fairer place for everyone by the year 2030.
By 2030, Concern are on a mission to end all forms of hunger and malnutrition and make sure all people, especially children, have access to sufficient and nutritious food, all year round. The key ways to begin this is to invest in rural infrastructure, agricultural research, and technology, as well as provide universal access to safe and nutritious foods.
“Project Us launched in October 2017. So far, we have hosted World Cafés in Galway, Dublin, Cork, and Belfast. Next stop – Limerick,” speaks Jessica Maguire, Public Engagement Coordinator of Concern Worldwide, “Concern Worldwide has strong ties to Limerick. The late Fr. Jack and Aengus Finucane co-founded the organisation.”
Born in Limerick in 1937, and ordained a priest in 1963, Fr. Finucane was sent to Nigeria with the Holy Ghost Fathers and was at the heart of the distribution of aid flown into Biafra by Concern, and other relief organisations.
Participants for the Project Us Limerick 2018 coffee conversation will discuss how as citizens they can promote and contribute to achieve the Global Goals of; ending hunger, achieving food security, improving nutrition and promoting sustainable agriculture.
The themes of the nationwide discussions will be recorded by Dr. Chris McInerny of the University of Limerick and Concern Worldwide for a report that will be submitted to the Irish government in advance of the United Nations this July, where they will report on Ireland’s progress in reaching all 17 Global Goals.
Register your interest at concern.net/project-us or join the conversation on Facebook at @concernworldwide.
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