Nicaragua revisited for student David
David Higgins, a 21-year-old college student from Piercestown, spent a month last summer on a volunteer project in Nicaragua and he found the experience so fulfilling and enjoyable that he is going back to do it all again within the next couple of weeks.
He and a group of about 20 colleagues from the University College Dublin Volunteers Overseas scheme will return to a rural agriculture education centre in the Central American country where they will help out on construction and in teaching. Roisin Kavanagh, from Rathangan, is also travelling this year.
David, son of Tom and Deirdre Higgins, Knockingall, said this week that he had absolutely loved the whole thing last year and has maintained contact since with some of the Nicaraguan crew he worked with. He does not have to wait long to renew acquaintances as the group departs on June 25.
Each volunteer is expected to raise €2,600 before embarking on the trip, not only covering their own expenses but making a substantial donation to the project.
David's main fundraising event is a concert at the Riverbank House Hotel, Ferrybank, on Friday night (June 17), and a galaxy of rising young Wexford stars have rallied round to provide the entertainment.
The bill will include Fit for Kings, the Wexford band that won the Wexford's Got Talent competition last year; The Gallivants (Luke Jackson, Marty Mulally and Jack Robinson), who specialise in close harmonies; 14-year-old Rachel Grace, who recently launched her first album 'Song for You' to great acclaim at packed Wexford Art Centre gig, and singers Rachel Banville from Barntown and her friend, Aoife Lynott plus others.
David is working for the summer at Kellys Hotel, Rosslare, and he is very appreciative of the support given by proprietor Billy Kelly and his team, and he also thanks the Riverbank House Hotel for generously hosting the concert.
He is appealing for as much support as possible for the show, which starts at 8 p.m. and is very reasonably priced at €8 for adults and €6 for students and OAPs, payable at the door on the night.