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The Fisher Foundation held a special awards presentation at the Lough Erne Resort, presenting 16 awards totalling £15,000 to local organisations and individuals carrying out voluntary work overseas this year.
Amongst the recipients were Norman Fox Missionary Cause, Ulster Habitat for Humanity, Livability, ‘Fields of Light’ Christian Organisation, World Gospel Mission UK, Enniskillen Rotary Club, Youth with a Mission, SERVE, Spiritan Fathers Religious Order, NetWorks Romania, HQ Coaching/ AFRITWIN, The Leprosy Mission Northern Ireland and CSM Ireland. The grants will help fund a range of development programmes in countries including Romania, Ethiopia, Nepal, Uganda, Kenya, Zambia, Brazil, South Africa and India.
Ernie Fisher, the Chairman of the Fisher Foundation, was delighted the Foundation was able to support so many good causes and volunteers working overseas; “The Fisher Foundation was established with the overall aim of providing much needed financial resources to help organisations and volunteers who give their time to assist so many projects across the world. It is great that the Foundation is in a position to support such a range of excellent work taking place.
This year’s grants will support a wide range of worthwhile, innovative projects and they will all make a major contribution. It is a privilege for the Fisher Foundation to be able to support these efforts and the inspiring volunteers helping others across the world.”
Katie Hoy from Monea, a second year Psychology student at Queen’s University received support from the Fisher Foundation for a work placement which she will fulfil this July. Working with locally based charity Livability, Katie will be based in the Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre located close to Kathmandu in Nepal. Speaking at the Awards Presentation Katie said “I have a particular interest in the promotion of psychology in the treatment and recovery from serious accidents in developing countries. The elective in Nepal will allow me to work closely with those involved in the rehabilitation centre and assist in the day to day work. I’m very grateful to the Fisher Foundation for their support in my endeavours. I hope to address the serious challenges victims and their families must face as a result of spinal injuries and of course act an Ambassador for Fermanagh in this far corner of the world.”
Ernie Fisher thanks the Fermanagh Trust, which manages and administers the Fisher Foundation. He also thanked all of the members of the Foundation including Father Brian D’Arcy and the Rev. Paul Hoey, who play a leading role in the overseas awards on behalf of the Foundation.
Approximately £300,000 of funding has been awarded by the Fisher Foundation since it was established in 2003. The Foundation continues to support voluntary work overseas and the development of Motor Sport Safety initiatives.