"For decades, Fast has been helping millions of children suffering from hunger - and we ask that people continue to take part and do what they can because it really does make a difference. For example, Irish people who took part last year helped feed 4,000 children for a month in South Sudan alone.”
Christina said that this year has been especially tragic for so many children with famine casting a shadow over four nations, including South Sudan and Somalia, where over 20 million people are still at risk of starvation.
Globally, it is estimated that 5.6 million children under five died last year and that around three million of them had hunger related illnesses.
The Fast campaign raises funds that help provide high-energy therapeutic food for malnourished children to try and prevent their conditions becoming fatal and to reduce the sobering statistics that show how many people suffer from hunger.
A €30 donation can provide emergency nutrition support to a malnourished child for one month while €300 can provide a family with enough food to eat for six months.
Concern reached 22 million people in 27 countries in 2016, largely because of the funds it received from the Irish public, including donations from Fast.
“We cannot thank the Irish public enough for their ongoing support for Concern and all of our dedicated volunteers who do street collections and other fundraising activities,” added Christina Meehan.
People can sign up for Concern Fast 2017 and find more information here or by calling 1850 50 50 55 – and participants can also engage with Concern on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat.