Prisoners rear calves for starving families in Africa

Bóthar, the indigenous Irish international development agency jointly founded by Tipperary man, the late T. J. Maher, has called on local farmers to donate a heifer calf to be raised at Shelton Abbey prison before being sent to starving families in Africa.

Bóthar, the indigenous Irish international development agency jointly founded by Tipperary man, the late T. J. Maher, has called on local farmers to donate a heifer calf to be raised at Shelton Abbey prison before being sent to starving families in Africa.

Launching its ‘Spring Calf Appeal’, which involves the unique partnership that sees inmates at Shelton Abbey prison in Co. Wicklow raise the young heifers, Bóthar Chief Executive Dave Moloney said that despite the downturn, Irish farmers remain incredibly supportive of the aid organisation.

Calves donated by farmers, schools and community groups from all over the country are taken to Shelton Abbey where they are reared by prisoners for two years before being airlifted to families in central Africa and other Bóthar project countries. The Spring Calf Appeal runs until 27th April 2012.