Wednesday, December 21, 2011

187 Volunteers at the Old Ground Hotel with Derek Davis.



With just over six weeks left until they leave on a life-changing mission to build a boarding school for blind children in Kenya, volunteers with the Clare-based Building of Hope charity were told of the big challenge that lies ahead for them at an information meeting in Ennis last week-end.
Almost half the volunteers are from Clare and 187 of them were in the Old Ground Hotel on Saturday night to hear details of the plan to build a school for the children who are sleeping 60 to a room in their cramped living accommodation at the Likoni school outside the city of Mombasa.
Building of Hope patron Derek Davis told the volunteers that there was great credit due to them for making such a fantastic effort in raising not just the cost of their flights and accommodation but also the cost of building materials.
Project co-ordinator Olive Halpin said that the 15,000 square foot building would provide residential accommodation for 189 children, incorporating a special care unit for children with multiple disabilities such as autism or epilepsy. It will be completed within six weeks with each team of volunteers responsible for a specific phase of the project during their ten-day tour of duty.
She said it was heart-warming night to see so many people gather together to help children who have been living in such terrible conditions in a far away land.
The meeting was also addressed by Brian Allen, chief executive of St. Joseph’s Centre for the Visually Impaired, who will oversee the transition from the old buildings to the new facility. He said the building would match the standard of similar facilities in any European country and they would supervise and provide the rollout of professional training to the school staff in the areas of mobility and self-care skills.
“The resources provided to the children will upskill them in IT skills, braille and other communication tools for the blind.  A vocational training programme for the older children will be sourced locally through the polytechnic beside the school, “ he said.
He paid tribute to all the committee for all the hard work they had put into the project over the past year. Highlighting the fact that they all work on a voluntary basis, he said that every penny raised for the project goes to the project.
The first team of volunteers will travel to Likoni on January 13 to lay blocks and build to roof level. The second team will travel on January 24 to roof the building and carry out plumbing and electrical works. The third team will travel on February 4 with plasterers, plumbers, carpenters and electricians completing the construction work. The final group will travel out on February 15 to floor, landscape, paint and tile. A group of environmental health officers will also travel to train the catering and ancillary staff on site.


























Monday, November 28, 2011

Castlerahan Building of Hope 5k Run Sunday November 27th











Placing Race Number  Name Time

1 283 Patrick Cassidy 18.06

2 280 Sean McCabe 18.26

3 225 Patrick Stafford 18.39

4 231 Barry O'Regan 19.31

5 273 Brian O'Reilly 19.39

6 234 Francis McManus 19.46

7 325 Declan McCabe 19.47

8 221 Eileen Rahill 19.54

9 239 Stephen Smith 20.09

10 228 Laurence Briody 20.16

11 284 David Cunningham 20.29

12 230 Maurice Murphy 20.31

13 281 Andy Harrington 20.39

14 245 Dermot Gibson 20.59

15 285 Seamus Carroll 21.01

16 272 Maureen Getty 21.02

17 287 Kevin Brady 21.29

18 226 Peter Cork 21.45

19 236 Michael Smith 21.50

20 324 Shane McCabe 22.02

21 275 Mary Henry 22.05

22 219 Anne Lynch 22.08

23 268 Owen McPhillips 22.37

24 211 Marie Smith 23.00

25 286 James Smith 23.27

26 255 Paul Smith 23.37

27 265 Andrew Browne 23.52

28 276 David Meade 24.02

29 271 Kathleen Connors 24.19

30 300 Alan Mulvey 24.28

31 237 Deirdre Craughan 24.44

32 212 Deirdre Shione 24.47

33 213 Suzanne Forde 25.00

34 318 Martin Flood 25.09

35 282 Kit McBride 25.09

36 235 Philomena Bradley 25.28

37 322 Fergal Reilly 25.40

38 214 John Forde 25.41

39 319 Pardie McDonnell 25.42

40 258 Ursula Farrelly 25.48

41 306 Edel McDonnell 25.50

42 232 Elaine Caffrey 25.52

43 291 Kieran Callaghan 25.52

44 243 Michelle Irvine 26.08

45 321 Karen Tobin  26.14



















Placing Race Number  Name Time

46 238 Karen Craughan 26.18

47 210 Mary Govern 26.32

48 233 Maria Monaghan 26.48

49 240 Joanne Tynan 27.03

50 208 Anna Govern 27.32

51 224 Yvonne Stafford 27.35

52 218 Rita Hannon 27.38

53 259 Grainne Reilly 28.25

54 252 Lorainne Timmins 28.34

55 320 Margie Nulty 28.52

56 215 Olivia Kenny 29.22

57 241 Niamh McCabe 29.24

58 261 Florence Snell 29.37

59 217 Lolita Black 29.49

60 269 Donal Meade 30.10

61 279 Fintan Smith 30.31

62 278 Michelle Smith 30.31

63 229 Cynthia Moran 31.02

64 227 Sarah Coyle 31.25

65 254 Ciara Smith 34.16

66 294 Johnny Callaghan 34.52

67 267 Roisin McDaid 37.50

68 266 Emma Clerkin 37.50

69 244 Brid Dobson 39.03

70 335 Maura Brady 39.04

71 216 Nickie Rowley 39.36

72 270 Christine Meade 41.00

73 247 Desmond Smith 41.51

74 297 Brenda Flynn 42.31

75 262 Patricia McEnroe 42.31

76 312 Dymphna Walsh 42.59

77 314 Pamela Ryan 42.59

78 304 Anita Clarke 43.01

79 315 Particia Mason 43.01

80 316 Michelle Blake 43.02

81 303 Annmarie Grall 43.18

82 301 Martin Brady 43.18

83 323 Rose Melia 44.15

84 326 Pauline McEnroe 44.15

85 293 Eileen Lynch 44.16

86 249 Martine King 44.16

87 251 Noel King 44.41

88 317 Concepta Farrelly 44.41

89 337 Helen Brouder 44.46

90 313 Ruth Sheridan 44.46

91 341 Jean Caffrey 45.25



















Placing Race Number  Name Time

92 311 Martina Fitzsimons 45.26

93 274 Deborah Coyle 46.10

94 330 Marie Boylan 46.10

95 329 Patricia Flood 46.10

96 307 Aileen Barkey 46.21

97 256 Therese Smith 47.18

98 333 Patricia Hill 47.52

99 334 Elizabeth Boylan 47.53

100 336 Eugene Hill 47.53

101 209 Michelle Reilly Monaghan 47.59

102 302 Lisa Lynch 47.59

103 339 Martina Bates 48.09

104 338 Janet Kenny 48.09

105 298 Kieran Flynn 48.11

106 305 Noel Barkey 48.11

107 257 Andrew Smith 48.30

108 309 Pauline Farrelly 48.56

109 308 Carmel Horgan 48.57

110 331 Marie Boylan 50.13

111 277
50.13

112 288 Eileen Caldwell 50.56

113 289 Conor Caldwell 51.10

114 290 Teresa Treacy 51.17

115 296 Patricia Callaghan 52.06

116 223 Kathleen Flynn 52.07

117 328 Ann Caffrey 52.07

118 327 Helen McCabe 52.08

119 340 Caroline Farrelly 52.13

120 295 Patsy Callaghan 52.14

121 299 Eamonn Heery 53.12

122 332 Eugene Kenny 58.12

123 222 Paddy Smith 53.24












Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Morriston Orpheus Choir - FUNDRAISING CONCERT


FUNDRAISING CONCERT

Following their sold out debut
Performance in 2009

Direct from Wales

The Morriston Orpheus Choir

At St. John’s Church, Kilkenny

On Saturday, 5th. November, 2011 at 8.00 p.m.

“Five standing ovations at Carnegie Hall, New York”

Tickets €20.00

Available from Billy Murphy 086/3262446

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KINSALE  NEWS (Cork)


FUNDRAISING CONCERT


Following their sold out debut
Performance in 2009


Direct from Wales

The Morriston Orpheus Choir

At St. Multose Church, Kinsale

On Sunday, 6th  November, 2011 at 8.00 p.m.

“Five standing ovations at Carnegie Hall, New York”

Tickets €20.00

Available from The White House, Kinsale

Progress at the site!


Hallo to All Irish People,

How are you and how are your families? It has been long since we last communicated, and have decided to say hallo to you all and to thank you for your efforts and sacrifice towards the work going on at school for the blind site.  Time has gone very fast and it is only two complete months remaining before we meet again.  We thank God for keeping us all alive and healthy. I have been sending photos, being updates on  what is happening at the site at Likoni, School for the blind.
Tomorrow we shall lay the slab on one of the dormitories God willing and we thank God for this far we are. 

You bear me witness that the progress at the site has been encouraging and we hope to continue with the same spirit with the second dormitory which is the last photo, whose trenches has already been dug.

However my dear friends, i wish you all the best and i pray that God will enable us meet once again 2012.

Thank you and may the Almighty bless and keep you well.

Bye for now.
Lucy


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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Stage 1 - Building of Hope Project 2012







All the children have been moved to temporary accommodation. Our Project Architect Jim Lynch is in Mombasa at the moment doing the preparatory work for our trip in January/February, 2012. The site has been cleared in preparation for the laying of the foundations. You will see from the following photographs that this is happening because of all the fundraising efforts by the volunteers.  Keep an eye on the website for updates.




Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Just to remind everyone of the Fundraiser for the Building of Home/School for Blind Orphans in Kenya is on next Friday 14th in Bojangles Harcourt St. 8pm. 
Tickets €10 includes live entertainment, disco and finger food. 
Please support. 
All money raised going directly to Project. A great night in store. RSVP as I need numbers for food order. A BIG THANKS TO ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT.
INFORMATION NIGHT FOR VOLUNTEERS  

SATURDAY, 26TH NOVEMBER AT 7.30 P.M. OLD GROUND HOTEL, ENNIS, CO CLARE 

All aspects of our Jan/Feb 2012 project will be discussed and volunteers will have an opportunity to view the plans. 
The Building of Hope Committee are looking forward to meeting all the volunteers on the night.