Wick­low vol­un­teers bring joy to South African town­ship

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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.

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