David and friends aiming to help poor in Tanzania
DAVID MCMAHON is a student at Trinity College, Dublin.
Being the eldest of two children, with a 12year-old sister the 20-year-old is currently residing with his parents in Shankill, Co. Dublin.
Currently in his second year in Trinity, David is studying Management Science and Information Studies. He is ambitious in the sense that he and some friends are planning to take on a challenge that not many young people would ever envisage, by planning a five-week trip to Tanzania, East Africa as a voluntary worker at the end of June.
David and his fellow students and friends who are currently studying at St. Andrew’s College, Blackrock, are organising a charity golf event on the picturesque Bray golf course in April.
The charity golf tournament is designed to help fund and enable them to travel to Tanzania to continue the work of other volunteers that have been working for the last four weeks in the Misho province, which is located at the foothills of the Kilimanjaro Mountain working on a community school building project.
To travel and build schools and other important community buildings alongside the local population is a unique, and often a once in a lifetime experience, that opens your mind to the plight of others who don’t have the basic essentials such as, basic education, running water and other simple things that we take for granted during the course of our day today lives.
Each group of volunteers will spend four weeks working from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. with regular, but short breaks during the day. After each days hard work, the teams of volunteers will share their evening meals with the locals and often organise social activities for the local children.
Not many people would ever dream of taking on such a challenge like David and his college friends would, as the work is back breaking and physically demanding. Then to go and devise games and team building events for the children in the village.
David and his colleagues’ will have to endure some harsh conditions and temperatures during the course of their stay in Tanzania; but will also have the chance to travel from Nairobi on their journey and view some of the most breathtaking views of landscapes and majestic animals on their journey to the Kilimanjaro Mountain range.
This will be David’s first trip abroad of this nature and of course he is excited at the thought of travelling so far afield, and helping others less fortunate than himself and said he ’would love to travel the world for a year and get involved in more charity work when I finishe my final year in college in 2011.’
After they hand over the building challenge to the next group of volunteers, David and his friends are going to tackle the Kilimanjaro Mountain itself. ’We’re allowing a week to scale the mountain and are excited at the prospect of getting a chance to climb it’.
David and his fellow students are organising the charity golf tournament to take place on April 17 with the first tee-off at eleven thirty until the final tee-off at three pm.
With David looking to get twenty five teams of four to compete in the tournament, and with the fee only being three hundred euro per team of four, the places are sure to be snapped up early. So it looks to be a pleasant and enjoyable start to the weekend for those who book their places early.
Once all the golfers have arrived back to the club house, the evening meal will be served from eight pm onwards, finishing at around nine thirty for the presentation and awards ceremony.
During intervals during the evening’s award presentation, there will be ticket raffles with prizes that David hopes local businesses and retailers will be generous with providing the event with spot prizes and donations to the expedition.
The tournament is open to everyone, but restricted to the first twenty five teams submitted.
David is currently single and enjoys sea fishing, golf and socialising with friends and his family when his hectic college schedule permits him the occasion.
For more information and details about sponsorship of the event, please contact David 0879495386.