Manor Farm talk Haiti with new Haven Charity Ambassador Alan Quinlan
This September, Manor Farm, will launch their Bringing Hope to Haiti on-pack promotion in retail trade and independent butchers, where a 10c per pack donation will be made to their charity partner Haven. The on-pack promotion will be featured on Manor Farm fresh chicken products.
Manor Farm volunteers travel to Haiti to help build additional chicken coops with charity partner Haven.
Ado Carton, CEO of Cavan-based Manor Farm, was joined by new Haven ambassador, Alan Quinlan, at a photocall on Sean King's farm, Poles, Co. Cavan, to celebrate September's upcoming trip to Haiti. Manor Farm dates back to 1775 and is the largest chicken processor in Ireland. Along with the company's Scandinavian Plc, Scandi Standard, Manor Farm will send of 12 volunteers from Ireland to Haiti on September 7th. They will be joined by 10 volunteers from Scandi Standard colleagues, in Norway and Denmark; the team will help build chicken coops for Haitian families, in support of charity partner Haven. Manor Farm has partnered with Haven since 2015 and this is the second year where volunteer teams have travelled to Haiti to help local families become more self-sufficient. Including this year, Manor Farm has raised over €300,000 for Haven charity and following this trip, they will have helped to build almost 40 chicken coops in Haiti. This commitment has also made a significant contribution to local community projects in education and clean water access.
Speaking about the charity partnership, Ado Carton, CEO of Manor Farm, said:
"We are delighted to have a team of volunteers travelling to Haiti this month from Manor Farm Ireland and our Norwegian and Danish colleagues in Scandi Standard. The partnership with Haven has been a personal commitment from Manor Farm since 2015. As a business with a long Irish heritage, we support a number of charities in Ireland and partnering with Haven, has allowed us to broaden our CSR commitment, share our values and expertise, and help educate families in Haiti to build strong and sustainable livelihoods. Since last year, the shift in the local economy in Haiti has further influenced the food shortage issue. The Haitian dollar has quickly lost value and an average salary for a Haitian person is just $4.50 per day, which very few people earn. We at Manor Farm hope we can make a difference by supporting Haitian families in education and sustainability by building additional chicken coops and supporting local infrastructure. I want to take this opportunity to wish all of the volunteers the very best of luck and I am looking forward to visiting Haiti with the company in 2020".
Alan Quinlan, Former Professional Rugby Player for Ireland, and newly appointed Haven Ambassador said:
“I am privileged to become an ambassador for Haven, and I’m proud of the great work that they do. Poverty and lack of self-sufficiency is an important issue in Haiti and Manor Farm’s continued support of Haven is truly inspiring. As a new Haven ambassador, I am looking forward to travelling to Haiti next year with Haven and Manor Farm and aspire to help make a difference to one of the most vulnerable countries in the world. Unfortunately, I am restricted this year with my IRFU commitment to the Rugby World Cup. I will, however, keep in touch with the team online and share in their experience when they return. I wish all of those travelling to Haiti the very best of luck".
Once constructed, the Manor Farm chicken coops help enrich Haitian peoples’ livelihoods. By increasing the number of chicken coops that are built, Manor Farm is creating food security for Haitian people and this is felt across the wider Haitian community. The construction of each coop provides employment for up to 12 people locally.
There is an element of circular economy at play where Haitian families can sell the chickens at local markets, providing them with a steady income, purchase less expensive local food for their families, while also providing the means to purchase more flock for their coops. Throughout September, Manor Farm launched their Bringing Hope to Haiti on-pack promotion in retail trade and independent butchers, where a 10c per pack donation will be made to their charity partner Haven. The on-pack promotion will be featured on Manor Farm fresh chicken products.
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