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Sunday 20 April 2014

Steven turns from GAA affairs to Zambia mission

Steven Lynch presents prizes to the winning team captained by Bill O'Keeffe in a table quiz organised in Murphy's Bar Boherbue towards his upcoming trip to Zambia. The triumphant team included Liam O'Keeffe, Bill O'Keeffe, Tom Lovett and Gerard...

DUHALLOW Junior Board and North Cork Coiste Og GAA secretary Steven Lynch is spending three weeks of his summer vocation in the company of fellow teachers and students supporting the lesser fortunate in Africa.

A fundraising table quiz in Murphy's, Boherbue helped generate close on an impressive €3,000 sum for Steven's upcoming venture.

The CBC Zambia Immersion Project began in the 2002/03 school year and is organised biannually.

Next month, the Cork City based Christian Brothers College will send their fifth team comprising five teachers and ten students to Mufulira.

"We will spend three weeks working with the Christian Brothers amongst some of the poorest people on earth. In this way the project promotes Christian compassion and a desire for social justice amongst the whole school and wider Cork community", said Steven.

The Christian Brothers fund basic schooling materials and the employment of eight teachers in Chibolya Primary School to teach 350 children of the Chibolya slum.

"In Murundu, there are five workshops where locals are taught a trade in carpentry, metalwork, sewing / embroidery, agriculture / horticulture or building. With the qualification gained after two years' training, graduates are well equipped to find stable employment", he said.

The fundraising Table Quiz merited support far and wide from GAA clubs throughout the Duhallow division. Sportingly the winning team of Bill O'Keeffe, Tom Lovett, Ger Linehan and Liam O'Keeffe along with runners up John Corkery, Alan Guerin, Kevin Murphy and Conor O'Riordan kindly donated their prizemoney to the fund.

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