JUST A few weeks remain before volunteers from Wicklow go to South Africa with the Niall Mellon Township Trust building blitz.
The blitz will take place from November 10 to 17, and volunteers from all over the county will be block laying, painting, tiling and roofing to improve living conditions for people living in the township of Wallacedene near Cape Town.
Seventy families will be taken out of horrendous conditions to live in a home they can be proud of.
Joining a nationwide group of 600 people will be Grace Sheehan and her dad John from Bray, Margaret Conway and Paul Irving, and others from around the county.
This is the 10th year the Niall Mellon Township Trust has been building in the townships of South Africa.
'We are extremely proud by the end of this year's blitz 18,000 volunteers will have helped to dramatically change lives for the better in the townships of South Africa. Thanks to them 100,000 people are safer, healthier and happier and most importantly have a place to call home; this could not have been achieved without the determination and spirit of each volunteer and their support from home,' said Niall.
Some 21,000 people live in Wallacedene. Thirty per cent live with HIV-Aids. Their living conditions are beyond horrendous. Tin shacks lean on one another with family members of up to 15 people crowded into tiny rooms to cook, sleep and live in.
For more information go to www.nmtownshiptrust.com.