Offaly volunteers in building blitz

WHILE the Irish economy is in turmoil and many people are facing real hardship in their own lives, seven Offaly people joined up with 600 others to volunteer and work for a week in one of the poorest townships in South Africa on the annual Niall Mellon Township building blitz.

WHILE the Irish economy is in turmoil and many people are facing real hardship in their own lives, seven Offaly people joined up with 600 others to volunteer and work for a week in one of the poorest townships in South Africa on the annual Niall Mellon Township building blitz.

Pat Bergin (Birr), John Lane (Clara), Kenneth Galvin (Daingean), Paddy Byrne (Kilcormac), Louise O’Keeffe (Moate), Brendan Kelly & Sean McGrath (Tullamore) set off on the trip last Saturday week, November 12.

“It fills me with enormous pride when I see so many of my own people still managing to care for some of the worlds poorest people,despite having many personal challenges themselves,” remarked Niall Mellon.

Since its foundation in 2002 the Niall Mellon Township Trust has built an astonishing 18,300 houses and almost 100,000 South Africans are now living in Niall Mellon houses.