THREE schoolgirls from Sacred Heart Secondary School in Clonakilty are going to Malawi later this month with Gorta Self Help Africa.
Laura O’Donovan, Jessica Sweeney and Fódhla Daly – all Transition Year students – were selected by the aid agency last November, and have been actively fundraising ever since.
Gorta Self Help Africa is a leading Irish developmental charity that works in nine countries in sub-Saharan Africa, tackling poverty and improving the lives of local communities.
Gorta works with both its African staff and local partners in a range of integrated developmental projects amongst rural communities.
Fódhla Daly confirmed that they are now half way to meeting their target. Laura added: ‘This is a wonderful opportunity for us as young people.’
Meanwhile, Jessica said she is looking forward to working first-hand with Gorta in Malawi. All donations from the public are welcome. The girls are holding a raffle and several local businesses – including East Cork Oil, Clonakilty Black Pudding and Fernhill House Hotel – have donated a number of generous prizes.
To be in with a chance of winning one of the top prizes call 086 3044932. Postal donations can also be sent to Fódhla Daly, 35 Bridge Street, Skibbereen. Bank details are available on request. And further updates can be seen on shss-malawi on Facebook.