Gorta-Self Help Africa’s supporters visit comes just weeks after the United Nations warned that up to 15 million people are facing an emergency food crisis in Ethiopia.

By Lorraine O’Hanlon |

The devastating effects of global warming is being seen at first hand by a group of Irish volunteers who traveled to Ethiopia this week.

Over 20 supporters of Gorta-Self Help Africa are in Ethiopia on a fundraising trip to take part in the legendary Great Ethiopian Run.

During their visit they are also meeting communities who are being supported by the charity to cope with the effects of climate change in the region.

Their visit comes just weeks after the United Nations warned that up to 15 million people are facing an emergency food crisis in Ethiopia. It is a situation caused by a failure of seasonal rains that is being blamed on climate change.

“This crisis underlines more than ever the importance of helping farming communities to cope with changing climate,” said trip leader Ronan Scully.

The group of Irish charity supporters were literally on top of the world when they stepped out to take part in Africa’s best known road race, the Great Ethiopian Run, at the weekend.At an altitude of more than 7,700 ft above sea level, the thin air and 30 degrees plus temperatures of Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, made for a stern sporting test, but it was one that the 20 strong party of Gorta-Self Help Africa volunteers all finished successfully.

The Irish group joined participants from over 30 countries in a field of nearly 40,000 runners, as they both ran and raised funds to support the Irish charity’s development projects in the country.

To find out more about Gorta-Self Help Africa’s work in Ethiopia visit www.selfhelpafrica.org.

Source: Galway Independent
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