|Pictured left to right: Brother John Gramme, Alona Shaji, President Denis Cronin, |
and Father Chris Spain – Former Parish Priest
After the 11.00am Mass at St.Mary Magdalene’s Church, President Denis Cronin presented local youngster, Alona Shaji, with a cheque for £300.00 in front of the congregation!
Alona, and four other youngsters are on their way to Tanzania as part of the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Along with the others, Alona will be working at an orphanage in The Village of Hope and Grace, in Tanga in the North East of Tanzania.
As the building is still under construction, the team will be camping in the grounds of the orphanage. Part of their work in Tanga will be working alongside locals, helping to build a boundary wall to increase the security of the site.
At the same time the young people and their leaders are to run two activity camps for orphan, some of who may well end up living at the orphanage on its completion. Activities open to the children include art, craft, sports, singing, dancing, treasure hunts and simply enjoying themselves around organised bonfires.
Organiser Rosemary Henley said, “Everyone in the team has paid their own way for the trip. They are also raising money to pay for the camps, food for the children along with tables, chairs and mattresses for the orphanage.”
President Denis Cronin remarked, “When we heard about Alona’s trip and were approached for help we were only to glad to be able to assist her having obtained help from the Bursary Fund. It is our intention to invite Alona to join us at one of our after meeting dinners so she can inform us of her experience.”