Billy to swap gui­tar for plas­ter­ing trowel in Africa

The Corkman - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

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.

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