Simon Cumbers' Journalists visit Londiani
Simon Cumbers was a journalist who hailed from Navan, Co. Meath. As an experienced journalist, his career took him from newspaper and radio reporting in Ireland to reporting and producing for ITN and Channel 4 Daily - amongst others - in the UK.
In 2005, a little over a year after his tragic death, Irish Aid established the Simon Cumbers Media Fund to honour his memory. The aim of the Fund is to assist and promote more and better quality media coverage of development issues in the Irish media.
This July, journalist Dearbhla Geraghty who works for the Connacht and Galway City Tribune newspapers in Galway successfully secured funding from the Simon Cumbers Media Fund to write about the Healthy Village programme. She travelled with the Irish Harambee team in July 2011 and published an article on her experience.
Mairead Cullen, an independent radio documentary producer also received funding for a documentary on the practice of female circumcision and its eradication through an alternative rite of passage in the Londiani area of Kenya. This production will be aired on radio stations in October.
Friends of Londiani would like to thank both Mairead and Dearbhla for all their hard work and dedication to their chosen topics of development. It is wonderful to see the issues of development being covered in Irish media.