Dermot O’Leary backs CAFOD's Coronavirus Appeal
12 May 2020
Dermot O’Leary has added his backing to our Coronavirus Appeal for people living in some of the poorest countries in the world.
The TV and radio presenter said: “Millions of people in developing countries face devastation from coronavirus and will be able to do nothing to stop it. They need all the help they can get.
“That is why I am backing CAFOD’s fundraising appeal, so that people already living on the brink get some of the care and support we would want our own families to receive.”
An unprecedented global challenge
Since launching our emergency appeal on 30 April, we have been scaling up our support to local aid experts who are providing food and improving handwashing and sanitation facilities in some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable communities.
We are also helping churches use their networks to share hygiene messages through Catholic radio stations, and producing posters in local dialects on infection prevention.
Giving a voice to the voiceless
Dermot has previously visited Sierra Leone with CAFOD where he met former child soldiers undergoing rehabilitation.
He added: “Some of the children I met when I visited Sierra Leone will be young adults with their own families now. I can only imagine what they are going through. Born into civil war, their country has just survived Ebola and now they are facing the coronavirus pandemic.
“Please give whatever you can and help CAFOD’s local experts deliver food, provide clean water and train community leaders to help save lives.”
"Please give whatever you can and help CAFOD’s local experts deliver food, provide clean water and train community leaders to help save lives."
Dermot O'Leary, CAFOD Ambassador
CAFOD Director Christine Allen said: “We are so grateful to Dermot – a lifelong supporter of CAFOD – for backing our appeal and giving a voice to the voiceless.
“Our local aid experts are already responding. You can too. Please donate now."