On Saturday the 4th of May, Darren McGilloway, Andrew Doherty, and Derek O’Halon of the Na Cosa Losa Walking Club were in attendance at Free Derry Corner alongside the Mayor of Derry, Sinn Fein Councillor Kevin Campbell in order to hand over the monies raised for the Irish Friends of Palestine “Light Gaza” campaign. The Na Cosa Losa walking club recently organised and completed a sponsored climb of Ben Bulben and raised over £400.00 for the “Light Gaza” campaign being run by the Irish Friends of Palestine.
Mayor Kevin Campbell said “ I want to congratulate the Na Cosa Losa Walking Club on their climb of Ben Bulben in aid of the Irish Friends of Palestine “Light Gaza” campaign. I was informed about the continued lack of electricity in Gaza which forces so many young children and students to use lit candles in order to study for school or read a book. Using lit candles is very dangerous and many children have died as a result of this. The Light Gaza campaign aims to supply a solar light to poor families with children to reduce the risk of fires and to save the lives of children. This sponsored climb of Ben Bulben has once again shown that the people of Derry will continue to support those marginalised people living under siege in Gaza.”
The cheque was received by Sinead MacLochlainn, Chair of the Irish Friends of Palestine. She said “Last year in Gaza our delegation attended the funeral of Nadine, age 6, Farah, age 5, and Sabri, age 4, who all died as a result of a fire as they read books in their bedroom using a lit candle. Irish Friends of Palestine promised we would return to Ireland and do what we could to stop this from happening to other families. Sadly in the month of January alone there were 85 hours fires due to the use of candles, open flames or faulty generators which are used because there is no electricity. We want to thank Darren McGilloway, Derek O’Halon , Andrew Doherty and all the other members of La Cosa Nosa who helped organise the event and do the climb. We look forward to delivering the lights later this year in Gaza. The actions of La Cosa Nosa has meant that 40 children’s lives are saved and will now be given solar lights so they can play, study and read safely.”
Read about the Na Cosa Losa climb of Ben Bulben HERE