David and friends aim­ing to help poor in Tan­za­nia

Bray People - - News - John KENNY

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.

David McMa­hon.

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