Billy to swap guitar for plastering trowel in Africa
POPULAR local entertainer Billy O’Brien will swop his guitar for a trowel for two weeks next January, when he goes on a working holiday with the Ray of Sunshine Foundation Ltd to Mombasa in Kenya.
When in Africa, Billy and his other work colleagues will build a rescue home for boys used in the sex trafficking industry. Billy will bring all his experience as a qualified plasterer to the project and he is presently raising money to fund his trip to Kenya.
“Each participant on the trip raises money to pay for travel, accommodation and building materials, insurance and medical expenses, which amounts to €3,500 and they set to work immediately they arrive at the site in Mombasa,” said the Croom, Co. Limerick native Billy, who now resides in Freemount, with his Dromina born wife Mary (nee Farrissey) and their family.
Billy will be holding three fund-raising nights in the near future starting on October 6 in the Heritage Centre in Freemount, followed by what promises to be a great day of entertainment at the Star Trax Music venue, which is located off the Boherbue/Knocknagree Road on Sunday afternoon, October 8. There to entertain you will be Billy himself with Phillip Shine, the Good Friends group, Laura Dunlea, Southern Pride and Nora Hickey.
The focus turns to Charleville on Saturday, October 14 when the Ray of Sunshine Foundation will benefit from a concert at the Schoolyard Theatre, Charleville. The venue is familiar to Billy who has been on stage for many benefit concerts himself, and has also been in the cast of the Shoestring Theatre Company’s memorable production of ‘Sharon’s Grave’ some years ago.
Admission to all of the foregoing concerts is only €10 and every penny will go towards the Ray of Sunshine Foundation’s building fund.
The Foundation, whose patron is former Kilkenny hurling star Henry Shefflin, also looks after 100 children. Thanks to the generosity of Irish people the charity is in a position to sponsor children to attend preschool, receive a school uniform, books, play equipment and a nutritious meal each day.
They depend solely on the goodwill of people to enable them to continue their excellent work in Kenya.
The Clare based charity would like to hear from anybody who wishes to help them, as indeed would Billy O’Brien, who may be contacted at 087-8306436.
Musician and plasterer extraordinaire Billy O’Brien.