Oct 7, 2016

Press brief for departure of ‘Bóthar Ark’ to Rwanda with Dublin Manager Jim Gavin on Monday

Press brief for departure of ‘Bóthar Ark’ to Rwanda with Dublin Manager Jim Gavin on Monday

Irish international aid agency Bóthar wishes to invite you or a representative of your organisation to a Press Briefing at Roscrea Mart on Monday next, October 10th at 10:45a.m. ahead of the departure on Monday night of the ‘Bóthar Ark’ for Rwanda.

Three times All-Ireland winning Dublin manager Jim Gavin will attend Monday morning’s event before travelling out to Rwanda on the week-long trip.  Also present on Monday will be Bóthar CEO Dave Moloney,  Shelton Abbey Farm Manager Thomas Gregan, donor farmers and MSD representatives.  The animals will then be taken to Shannon Airport where they will be loaded on board the aircraft before departure later that night.

Photography and video content will be provided from Monday’s launch - and throughout the week from Rwanda - as Jim and the Bóthar team visit various recipient families and other locations. All content repro free.

Bóthar Ark key facts:

  • The mission will involve an airlift of 5,300 food-and-income producing animals to Rwanda where they animals will be handed over to victims of the horrific genocide there of the mid-1990s.  It marks the 25th anniversary of the founding of the aid agency by a small group of farmers
  • The live cargo will comprise 37 in-calf heifers, three bulls for the Rwandan Government National Bovine Breeding Scheme, 160 pigs, 100 goats, and 5,000 chicks. Also on board will be 5,000 doses of Bovine Semen for the Rwandan Breeding Programme run by Bóthar’s sister agency Heifer International
  • Arising from the anniversary airlift, some 797 families will be set up with sustainable micro farming enterprises that will raise them from poverty and secure their futures
  • The Bóthar Ark is being kindly sponsored by Ireland’s leading animal healthcare provider MSD Animal Health
  • It will be the biggest ever multi-species airlift from Ireland and the largest of its kind in the world
  • Almost half of the in-calf heifers will have been hand-reared by inmates at Shelton Abbey Prison and Loughan House Open Centre as part of their restorative justice programme.

Please feel free to contact us (contact details below) regarding any requirements you have for Monday or, indeed, during the week-long mission.

About Bóthar

Bóthar was established in Limerick in 1991 as an initial one-of gesture of airlifting cows to 20 families in a poverty stricken region of Uganda to mark the city’s ‘Treaty 300’ celebrations.  Since then it has grown into one of Ireland’s leading international NGOs.  Over the past 25 years, the organisation has delivered thousands of animals annually to families in 35 countries across Africa, Asia, South America and Eastern Europe. While the organisation started out with an airlift of Irish heifers, it broadened its livestock donations in the early years to include Irish goats and pigs.  It now also purchases the water buffalo, camels and bees in project countries. Top of the list of donations is the Bóthar ‘Global Village’ – a herd including a dairy cow, two dairy goats, three dairy camels, four pigs, five flocks of hens and six bee hives that will be distributed among 17 poor families.  Donations to Bóthar start at just €10 for a share of a snail farm and run right up to the €5,000 for the Bóthar Global Village.  For further infornation visit