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Loughgall family apple picking day to help in wake of floods devastation in Kerala

Families can pack picnic and join Habitat for Humanity NI fundraiser for southern Indian state

A Pooja Bear apple picking day is being planned at Loughgall – to raise money to help people who have lost everything in floods devastation in southern India.

The state of Kerala was hit by torrential rains, overflowing rivers and a series of landslides.

More than 380 people have lost their lives, more than 100,000 individuals have been displaced and nearly 54,000 homes have been washed away in the rising waters.

Now Habitat for Humanity Northern Ireland is calling for the good folk of Co Armagh to help them reach out and bring aid and relief at this time of despair and tragedy.

The Pooja Bear apple picking will take place on Saturday, September 22, between 10am and 5pm, around the Loughall Orchards.

The charity is calling on families to come out for a fun day.

They encourage people to pack a picnic and spend the day in the orchards picking apples, raising money to support Habitat’s response to the devastating flooding.

Habitat’s immediate response is to distribute 10,000 humanitarian aid kits which cost around £100.

In the longer term the global humanitarian aid organisation will support more than 2,000 families to rebuild or repair their homes and lives.

Humanitarian kits include basic necessities – tarpaulin sheets, nylon ropes, water filters, a kitchen set, sleeping mats, blankets, towels and other hygiene essentials – and cost around £100.

The charity has been accepting donations and planning fundraisers – such as the Pooja Bear apple picking – to help out.

A spokesperson for Habitat for Humanity NI appealed for people to sign up for the Loughgall event.

He added: “Your apple picking effort will help local farmers and restore hope for families who have lost everything in Kerala.”

To book your place contact the charity on 028 92 635 635 or

A map will be issued to those signing up with details of the exact location of the orchard.

You can also visit Facebook:    and to find more about how Habitat is responding in Kerala go to

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