Wednesday 24 January 2018

Welsh shows in Wexford to raise funds for Africa

David Tucker

Stars of Welsh television and theatre are to take to the stage at Whites of Wexford for two nights of singing, music and comedy aimed at raising funds for local volunteers who are building schools in Africa.

Entertainers, including 'The Wedges' and local Irish dancers 'Celtic Roots' will perform two shows at 7.30 p.m. on Monday, May 25, and Tuesday, May 26.

The shows are being organised by local volunteer association 'Sport for Africa' which has been fundraising to build schools in Africa since 2005.

Since then, the group has helped build primary and secondary schools, a technical college and a centre for children with special needs. They have also invested in developing existing educational facilities in an orphanage and have provided a new dormitory wing to a secondary school. The projects took place in countries including Zambia, Kenya, South Africa and Malawi.

This year's project is to construct a 600-pupil secondary school for boys and girls in Zambia. Because of the low cost of living, the cost to achieve this is just €20,000. This figure will build a 600-pupil school, provide lodgings for teaching staff and provide housing for animals as school fees are often paid for with animal donations.

Once Sport for Africa reach their target, St. Patrick's Missionary Society, Kiltegan take over the administration of the funds and the management of the project. All construction is carried out by local Zambian workers and all building materials are sourced locally; hence the economic impact of the school is immense during the build period and on completion.

Fr. Kyran Murphy, Director of St. Patrick's Missionary Society, said: 'We are tremendously grateful to Sport for Africa for all they have done to provide education to the poorest areas of Africa over the past 10 years. The concerts planned for White's of Wexford are very impressive and such high profile events will go a long way towards raising the necessary funds to build a secondary school in Zambia,' he said.

He said the €15 price of the ticket, will purchase building supplies in Zambia to the equivalent value of €750.

Sport for Africa would like to acknowledge all performers who have waived their fee for this worthy cause. Tickets are available from Whites Hotel or by calling 086-2537539.

Wexford People

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