Concern Worldwide named Charity of the Year

Esime Jenaia in Chituke village, Malawi, with neighbour Esnart Kasimu.
Esime Jenaia in Chituke village, Malawi, with neighbour Esnart Kasimu. Photo: Kieran McConville/Concern Worldwide

Concern Worldwide has been named the ‘Charity of the Year’ at the 2020 Charity Excellence Awards, announced today.

“We are honoured in Concern to receive this award and want to thank Charities Institute Ireland and the judging panel,” said Concern’s Chief Executive Dominic MacSorley.

“We are delighted that the work of our 4,000 staff in 24 countries last year has been recognised at this critical time and we are inspired to do more. Honestly, I am just really proud of our sector right now. These are hugely challenging times and I want to congratulate our fellow finalists – Barrettstown, Dublin Simon, Threshold and Trócaire for their excellent work. 

According to Charities Institute Ireland, the organisers of the awards, the Charity of the Year accolade is given to a charity which has led the way regarding transparency and accountability, and whose work has attracted great public admiration.

Global impact

Last year, Concern helped 28.6 million people and responded to 82 emergencies, including cyclones, droughts and locust infestations. It is a repeat winner of governance and transparency awards in Ireland.

“Our work is only possible due to the generous support of Irish Aid, and Irish people in communities and businesses across the country. We are hugely grateful to all who have helped make our work possible, and who have continued to support our work through difficult times.” 

Generous supporters

The award comes at a time when the needs in some of the world’s poorest countries have never been greater. 

“Conflict and climate change meant 2020 was always going to be a challenging year. Then COVID struck and made the situation a hundred times worse,” Mr MacSorley continued.

“Times are also challenging at home but the generosity and sustained support of the Irish people, which provides a lifeline to those struggling to survive on a daily basis, has never been more vital than at this moment.”

For media queries contact Eamon Timmins, Media Relations Manager, Concern Worldwide at eamon.timmins@concern.net or 087 9880524

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