Concern Worldwide (UK) is a Company Limited By Guarantee And Not Having A Share Capital (Registered in England and Wales with registered number 4323646) which has been granted Charitable Status by The Charity Commission for England and Wales (Registered Number 1092236) and The Office of The Scottish Charity Regulator (Registered Number SCO38107). The Registered Offices of Concern Worldwide (UK) are 13/14 Calico House, Plantation Wharf, London, SW11 3TN. Concern Worldwide (UK) is a subsidiary organisation of Concern Worldwide an Irish Registered Charity.
For more than 45 years, Concern Worldwide has been dedicated to reducing suffering and fighting hunger and poverty. Today, Concern’s work is needed more than ever.
Concern was founded in the Republic of Ireland by John and Kay O’Loughlin-Kennedy (pictured right at our 2008 40th anniversary celebrations with then-President of Ireland Mary McAleese) in 1968, as a response to the famine in the Nigerian province of Biafra. The famine was largely precipitated by the conflict that followed Biafra’s attempt to secede from Nigeria.
John’s brother, Father Raymond Kennedy, a Holy Ghost Priest, had returned to Ireland from Nigeria with news about the plight of people in Biafra where widespread famine was becoming a reality due to the Nigerian blockade of food, medicines, fuel and basic necessities.
John, Kay and Raymond held a press conference in the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin to raise awareness and funds. This allowed them send the first ‘mercy flight’ to Biafra.
But much more was needed. Some weeks later a larger meeting was called in the home of John and Kay, Africa Concern was formed and the fundraising continued.
Send One Ship
Africa Concern with the Knights of Columbanus launched an appeal in June 1968 for the famine in Biafra with the slogan 'Send One Ship'.
On 29 September, a 600 tonne ship named the Columcille arrived at Sao Tome, a Portuguese island off the coast of Biafra, filled with vital supplies of powdered food, medicines, and batteries. In 1970, a huge cyclone hit East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) and the public were asked to respond. Africa Concern simply became Concern.
Since our foundation, Concern has gone on to work in over 50 countries, working with the most vulnerable people to tackle hunger and transform lives.
Today, with more than 2,700 staff of 31 nationalities, Concern operates in 26 of the world’s poorest countries. We undertake long-term development programmes focusing on livelihoods, health and nutrition, and education.
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- Brothers Father Jack and Father Aengus Finucane were both instrumental in the foundation and growth of Concern Worldwide and continued to dedicate their lives to the organisation and the communities we work with. Aengus Finucane served as Chief Executive from 1981 until his retirement in 1997.