Chris and Nathan are youngest vol­un­teers for Haiti aid mis­sion

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BRAY LADS Chris Car­roll and Nathan Cardin are to be the two youngest vol­un­teers on a team of 370 go­ing to Haiti with the Haven Part­ner­ship.

Nathan (17) from Put­land Vil­las, and Chris (16) from Ash­field Court are both in 5th year in St. Bren­dan's.

They will be help­ing to build houses in the Gon­aïves area of Haiti and are in no way afraid of the hard work it will in­volve to get 60 houses built in a week.

They fly out on April 2, and on March 27 will un­der­take a spon­sored walk from Shankill to Grey­stones and back to raise money for the coun­try, dev­as­tated by the ef­fects of a mas­sive earth­quake.

They were in­spired to take on this chal­lenge by Chris' dad Joe, who will be go­ing out to Haiti for the sec­ond time. His friend PJ Mor­ris­sey will also be on the crew.

'I al­ways wanted to do some­thing like this,' said Nathan. 'I just didn't think it would be at such a young age.'

Both young men have paid a lot of at­ten­tion to the re­ports Joe has brought back with him, and the shock­ing pic­tures he has shown them of the poverty in Haiti.

'I think it'll be a good ex­pe­ri­ence,' said Chris, who ex­plained that they both have ex­pe­ri­ence in build­ing and land­scap­ing so will be well able for what­ever work they are asked to do, in­clud­ing labour­ing and paint­ing along­side the other mem­bers of the 370-strong team.

' We can't wait to go,' said Nathan, al­though both ad­mit­ted that the 10-hour flight and 6-hour bus jour­ney ahead is a lit­tle daunt­ing.

As well as the spon­sored walk, the duo and their fam­ily and friends will be ar­rang­ing cof­fee morn­ings, church col­lec­tions, an auc­tion, and other fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties to sup­port the cause.

In the fu­ture, they both hope to con­tinue to take on work to help vic­tims of poverty or nat­u­ral dis­as­ters all over the world. ' We are al­ready plan­ning on go­ing to Ja­pan, and ac­tu­ally want to go to as many places as pos­si­ble,' they said.

Haven was set up on 2008 by Les­lie and Carmel Buck­ley. It aims to help Haiti by build­ing homes and cre­at­ing jobs. 'Build It Week' in­volves vol­un­teers each rais­ing at least € 4,000, half of which goes to­wards flights and ba­sic ac­com­mo­da­tion. The rest goes to­wards build­ing sup­plies.

To spon­sor Chris and Nathan, send an email to nathancar­din@gmail.com.

Chris Car­roll and Nathan Cardin are the two youngest vol­un­teers on the Haven Part­ner­ship aid mis­sion to Haiti.

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