Seven­teen Wick­low vol­un­teers at­tend Niall Mel­lon Town­ship Trust meet­ing

Bray People - - News -

THE Niall Mel­lon Town­ship Trust held a re­cent brief­ing meet­ing in the Balls­bridge Court Ho­tel for its Le­in­ster Build­ing Blitz Vol­un­teers, in­clud­ing a size­able Wick­low con­tin­gent.

The trust op­er­ates a year-round hous­ing build­ing pro­gramme for im­pov­er­ished fam­i­lies in the town­ships of South Africa. So far since 2002 some 11,000 houses have been built.

The vol­un­teers in­volved head off to South Africa for a build­ing blitz start­ing on March 20 and end­ing seven days later. 500 vol­un­teers will be in­volved, and as in past years, a num­ber of th­ese hail from County Wick­low. At the brief­ing meet­ing 17 vol­un­teers from Wick­low were present, but that fig­ure could eas­ily in­crease by the time they de­part.

This time the aim is to build 75 houses in a week in the town­ship of Mbek­weni, in Paarl, sixty min­utes from Cape Town.

Last year 2,000 vol­un­teers from 13 coun­tries took part in the blitz, build­ing a stag­ger­ing 253 homes in the space of a sin­gle week.

Vol­un­teers Tony Quinn, Ai­dan Flynn and Bren­dan O’Cearb­haill from Bray and Se de Barra from Shankill at the Dublin brief­ing for the Niall Mel­lonTrust.

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