Concern Celebrates 50 Years

Joanna Geraghty, Craig Vosburg, and Bono.

By Maggie Holland, Editorial Assistant
January / February 2019

On Tuesday, December 4, at Cipriani Wall Street, Concern Worldwide US held its 22nd Annual Seeds of Hope Award Dinner, which this year also marked the 50th anniversary of its founding in Dublin in 1968. Over 700 guests attended the international humanitarian organization’s largest fundraising event, helping raise more than $2 million to benefit Concern’s work in twenty-five countries across Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean.

Joanna Geraghty, President of JetBlue and Concern Worldwide US Board Chair, presented the inaugural Thomas J. Moran Seeds of Hope Award to Craig Vosburg, President of North America for Mastercard. There was plenty of star power in the gala’s headliners, with U2 front man Bono, a longtime friend and supporter of the organization, and Glamour Magazine editor-in-chief Samantha Barry, who acted as emcee. The two held a twenty-minute conversation onstage, where Bono told of the significance of the organization:

“Concern changes millions of people’s lives – indeed, they even changed my life, very early on. It was a trip to Ethiopia in the mid-80s with Concern that began my life as an activist; they turned my life right-side-up. In this moment, there is a lot of soul searching going on, here in the US and the wider world, but we must be very careful of demonizing ‘the other.’”

<em>Bono and Aline Joyce Berabose.</em>

Bono and Aline Joyce Berabose.

A real life testament to Concern’s impact, 22-year-old Rwandan Aline Joyce Berabose told the story of how, in the aftermath of genocide, a Concern team at a Congolese refugee camp had helped keep her mother healthy through her pregnancy and childbirth, and implored the audience that “even in the most desperate situations, there is hope. And when you respond, there is an impact on somebody, somewhere. I stand before you as evidence of that.” ♦ Maggie Holland

Leave a Reply


More Articles

The American Revolution and Ireland

The Irish involvement in the American Revolution is often lost in the stories dominated by tales of the wisdom of the...


Dr. Kevin Tracey in the lab at Northwell Health System's Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in Manhasset, NY.
Dr. Kevin J. Tracey: Inventing the Future of Medicine

Dr. Kevin J. Tracey, president & CEO of the Feinstein Institutes, is a trailblazer in the neuroscience of immunity,...


Shane Lowry after his win.
Irishman Wins British Open in Northern Ireland

I hadn’t drank a brandy since 2009,” said Emily Scanlon, grandmother of golfer Shane Lowry, after Lowry won the...


Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
Cork Hosts Summit
on Climate Change

With the theme “shared voices from small island nations,” the 2019 SeaFest and Our Ocean Wealth Summit in Cork, 7-9...