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Wednesday 1 October 2014

New Year Malawi trip for local girls

Simon Brouder

Published 18/12/2013 | 05:36

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Organisers Eimear O'Grady and Niamh at the Africa fundraiser Table quiz at the Meadowlands Hotel on Thursday. Photograph by Paul Tearle

TWO Tralee film production students will be ringing in the new year in Malawi where they will be putting their skills to use for a good cause and filming a promotional video for an Irish-run clinic.

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Niamh Blanche and Eimear O'Grady, who are both studying film and DVD production with Solas in Monavalley, will travel to Malawi on December 29 and make their way to the Billy Riordan Memorial Clinic where they'll record a promotional film to help the clinic raise badly needed funds to support its work.

The clinic, located in the village of Cape McClear in Malawi, was set up by Dingle woman Mags Riordan in memory of her 21-year-old son, Billy, who drowned tragically while visiting the village in 1999.

Niamh and Eimear will travel to Malawi as part of Solas (formerly Fás) ongoing support of various NGOs which sees students from the training agency travel around the world and use their training to help local charities.

The Tralee girls must fund the trip themselves and in order to raise money for their flights, medical expenses and accommodation they're hosting a number of fundraising events in over the holidays.

Last Thursday evening they hosted a table quiz at The Meadowlands Hotel and this coming Thursday evening there will be sponsored waxing event at the Blasket Bar. That event kicks off at around 8 p.m. and will see several of Eimear and Niamh's pals getting waxed to help raise money for the girls' trip.

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