November 2011

Musings on my Visit to South Africa

Musings on my Visit to South Africa

Travelling “The Rocky Road to Dublin” before flying to South Africa I felt daunted by what I had willingly volunteered to do. Briefly my mood matched the dismal rain, would I be a worthy volunteer? My mood began to lift as I witnessed the last part of President Michael D. Higgins’...

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That Friday Feeling

That Friday Feeling

Arriving on site today it is hard to comprehend that in just a few short hours we will be leaving the people of Witsand. It is also hard to comprehend that in the few short days we have been here we will have changed so many lives for the better. The last few hours of work on site are always hectic,...

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Teen Africa Tuesday

Teen Africa Tuesday

Today was the day our team had the opportunity to visit some of the shacks. Firstly we visited Thandis Sikiti who has been living in a shack has been living in a shack for thirteen years. There are seven people living with her, her husband, brother and four children. She told us that none of them work...

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Derek Holcroft-Day 3

Derek Holcroft-Day 3

Day 3 of our blitz and another and another hot day for the volunteers to cope with. The work is progressing ahead of schedule and everyone is staying positive and upbeat despite limbs getting tired. Today was the day for maroon team members to visit a shack in the township. These visits are so important...

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2011- A new blitz, a new site and new friends.

2011- A new blitz, a new site and new friends.

All the hard work fundraising is forgotten the minute you arrive on site and see the faces of all the little children who deserve more in life than a can of coke or a bar of chocolate from one of the volunteers once a year. It's great meeting all the old friends at the airport and making new friends...

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Building Blitz 2011: Wednesday 16th November 2011

Building Blitz 2011: Wednesday 16th November 2011

As the “mid week wall” hits many of the volunteers, tired bodies climb on board the buses at 7 am. The weather is getting wormer with temperatures rising to over 25 degrees. Work is progressing very well on the maroon team and a “little birdie” told us that we were the most advanced...

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Sarah Nolan Full Day

Sarah Nolan Full Day

Today was our first full day of work and with all of the volunteers finally here the site was buzzing with activity. It’s amazing to see how much work gets done when you have so many people helping out, everyone was in good spirits and eager to get going. Some even found time to throw water on...

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Niall Mellon Township Trust - Building Blitz 2011

Niall Mellon Township Trust - Building Blitz 2011

Well we’re over half way through the Blitz and I have to say it’s been the best experience of my life so far. The days are long, we’re up at six and in bed fairly late but even though we should all be wrecked, once we’re on site we’re full of energy. We have had the opportunity...

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Day 2: Paula Cullen

Day 2: Paula Cullen

Today saw us start where we left off..... continuing our painters role. We worked until midday when were we scheduled to go on a shack visit. Although I have been here on 5 previous occasions, I am still horrified by the continual poverty that we experience. 10 of us went with 4 of the locals residents...

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Lay About Lawyer: Day 2

Lay About Lawyer: Day 2

Day 2 starts the night before!! Karaoke night, 5 teams performing (a very generous word) we close 'Summer Nights' from 'Greece' the musical or Cape Town Nights. Cape Town building had me a blast, Cape Town Building happened so fast, I met a girl on the Purple Team I met a boym he's from Cahwersiveen, Cape...

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