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'GIVE POOR TIME OF DAY'.

Byline: By SARAH STACK

DEDICATING time to needy people is of greater benefit than giving money to charity, it was claimed yesterday.

A computer consultant, forced to turn her life around when her eyesight deteriorated, has called on high-flying professionals to volunteer their time.

Paddy Pender, who has committed her life to befriending the terminally ill and feeding the homeless, said sometimes her ministries collide, with people she helps living on the street dying from illness or addiction.

When the 47-year-old, from Stoneybatter, Co Dublin, had to give up her career 11 years ago she started volunteering at the St Capuchin homeless shelter.

She also trained to be a companion to terminally ill people with after supporting a friend who was dying.

Mrs Pender said her vow to help has made her a "more real" person. And it led to the publication of her book, Soul Journeys With The Dying, which captures her experiences with the gravely ill.

For four years Ms Pender and fellow volunteer Joan McNevin have highlighted the plight of thousands of homeless people by trekking across Ireland to raise thousands of euro for the Capuchin Day Centre, which provides 2,500 meals for people in need every week.
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Dec 30, 2007
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