An Irish missionary sister said she will use prize money raised by schoolchildren to help buy medicine for the Loreto Sisters’ health clinic in South Sudan, where 10 per cent of babies die before they are three months old.
Loreto Sr Orla Treacy was awarded the 2017 Hugh O’Flaherty International Humanitarian Award, which commemorates the Irish priest’s role in saving more than 6,000 Jews and Allied personnel in World War II. This year, for the first time this year, the award was accompanied by a prize of 1,000 euros, raised by students in Killarney.
Sr Orla said the money would go toward providing medicine for the Loreto clinic in Rumbek.
“Our biggest killers are malaria and also hunger-related – malnourished babies, anemia and infections. We need malaria medicine, iron tablets, vitamins and antibiotics,” she said.
Picture: Irish Loreto Sr Orla Treacy is pictured in Killarney on 5th November receiving the 2017 Hugh O’Flaherty International Humanitarian Award from Jerry O’Grady, chairman of the Hugh O’Flaherty Memorial Society. (CNS photo/Don MacMonagle, courtesy O’Flaherty International Humanitarian Award).