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Comedian Colin Murphy becomes part of it

Colin Murphy

Comedian Colin Murphy, a Patron of Plan Ireland as well as a child sponsor, pictured in Kampala during the filming of a documentary about Plan’s work with HIV/Aids orphans in Uganda

May 2009: Colin Murphy, one of Ireland’s favourite comedians, is very busy touring his stand up routine and performing on the RTE TV programme “The Panel”. Not too busy to become a patron of Plan Ireland though.

Two years ago Colin recorded an episode of the RTE “Storybook” series about Plan’s programmes for HIV orphans in Uganda.

Obviously moved by the plight of the children he encountered, Murphy opened his heart to the cameras and the resulting footage makes compelling viewing.

“When I was approached to do this film I was afraid of what I might have to confront but then I realised that, well, that's the very reason why I should do it.”

His experiences in Uganda had a profound impact on him. “I still often think of the children I met and their daily heroic struggle for survival against enormous odds,” he says.

“Since making the programme I have been meaning to follow up on it in some way that is supportive of the work that Plan is doing. I am delighted therefore to become a patron of Plan Ireland and I commend all who support their work through sponsoring children or in any other way”.