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Friday 29 August 2014

Sligo group ready for Niall Mellon trip

Published 18/03/2014 | 05:40

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Jean Gallagher, who is going to South Africa with the Niall Mellon trust.

There are six Sligo volunteers travelling to South Africa on Friday as part of the Niall Mellon township trust. The group – Jean Gallagher, Joseph Davey, Darragh Fallon, Sean Fowely, John McDermott and Mary Heeran – are going for a week.

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Jean, a nurse from Tubbercurry, is volunteering with the group for a fourth time. She said: "We are going to Kolstad, which is over in the Eastern Cape. We will be building pre schools for younger children and education centres. It is a week where you meet a variety of people from all walks of life, everyone is all on the same road. I first went over in 2008, after hearing about it from a friend."

She said the roles on the projects vary. "You meet all types of people, it is a great experience. We nearly get as much out of it."

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