Derry Girls actress Saoirse Monica Jackson has been named as ambassador for local peace and reconciliation charity Children in Crossfire.
Playing Erin Quinn in the popular Channel 4 Series, Saoirse will be engaging with young people across Ireland and internationally to promote the charity’s work. She has been aware of Children in Crossfire’s work from a young age, and looks forward to making a real impact on the lives of young people through her work with the organisation.
Ambassador to Children in Crossfire, Saoirse Monica Jackson, has said:
“It was always inspiring to follow the positive impact a charity based in my hometown was making for so many vulnerable children. Whether it is through healthcare or education projects, we can all be proud of Children of Crossfire’s work giving children the start in life every child deserves. It is especially encouraging to see the partnership approach that focuses on empowering communities; that’s what can really deliver change in the long term”.
Children in Crossfire was established in 1996 by Derry man, Richard Moore who was blinded as a 10-year-old child when he was struck by a rubber bullet in 1972. Its aim is to eradicate poverty and help children in war zones throughout the world with a particular emphasis on Africa. Richard has said:
“As well as offering celebrity profile in this role, it is clear to me she will also bring great compassion and a strong commitment to giving vulnerable children their best start in life. Saoirse will help ensure that Children in Crossfire continues to make a positive difference for the next generation of young people.”
(via the Belfast Telegraph)