Wicklow volunteers bring joy to South African township
WICKLOW VOLUNTEERS were among the 220 people who took part in the first ‘Mellon Educate’ blitz and helped to build 8 classrooms and carry out renovations to the Oranjekloof primary school in the South African township of Imizamo Yethu, Cape Town.
The local Imizamo Yethu population is 25,000 residents with 750 children attending the Oranjekloof primary school. Wicklow volunteers such as Gery Murray of Dunlavin, Olivia Doyle from Arklow and Bray’s Paul Irving helped plaster, paint and refurbish the existing classrooms while also building a number of additional rooms. The Niall Mellon Township Trust hopes to improve educational facilities for 5,000 children in Africa by the end of the year.
The next building blitz will take place in the Eastern Cape in November.
Wicklow volunteers on the Niall Mellon Township Trust building blitz in the township of Imizamo Yethu, Cape Town. From left: Ger Murray, Dunlavin; Viv Murray, Dunlavin; Olivia Doyle, Arklow and Paul Irving, Bray.