Moore tea? Roger hails €240k charity fund

JAMES BOND veteran actor Roger Moore, a global goodwill ambassador for UNICEF, is in Ireland to mark the first birthday of a fundraising initiative he helped launch between the children’s charity and retail fuel supplier Topaz.

Topaz presented the actor a cheque for €240,000 in Dublin yesterday. The funds will support UNICEF’s ongoing work in Kenya and Haiti.

Last year, the 82-year-old star was the first to make a contribution to the fundraising scheme.

The money was raised from Topaz customers making contributions to UNICEF Ireland at more than 100 company-owned Topaz sites around the country. Moore said it was a great start to the three-year scheme.

“Last year at the launch I pointed out that Irish people had a great reputation for generosity and the success of this partnership shows how richly deserved that is. By supporting this initiative people are helping to save children’s lives. It’s as simple as that,” he said.

UNICEF executive director Melanie Verwoerd said the charity was already providing safe water to more than 10,000 children in Nyanza Province in Northern Kenya. “We take safe water for granted here in Ireland but water borne illness is the cause of one in every five childhood deaths in Kenya,” she said.

Ms Verwoerd said she was glad Topaz staff and customers, like UNICEF Ireland, shared the belief that no child should die from a water borne illness and was thankful for their continued support.

Topaz marketing and corporate services director, Paul Candon, said everyone at Topaz was delighted with the success of the partnership.

“We were very confident our customers would lend generous support to our partnership with UNICEF Ireland and this indeed has been the case,” said Mr Candon, who thanked staff who had worked so hard to raise the funds.

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