Stars get stuck into poverty project
THEY are well used to destroying the opposition on the rugby pitch. Now three Munster players are helping to rebuild lives.
BJ Botha, Dave Kilcoyne and Johne Murphy have joined the Building of Hope project and plan to travel to South Africa and become more "hands-on" with the charity.
Since it was established in 2007, every two years as many as 200 Building of Hope volunteers from all over Ireland travel to South Africa to undertake building projects in poverty-stricken towns and villages.
Last year, 200 volunteers financed and built a residential home for up to 400 orphans at the Linkoni school for the blind in Mombasa, Kenya.
Next February, another team of volunteers will travel to Linkoni to begin work on an occupational therapy unit there.
Charity director Jim Lynch said: "We are delighted to welcome BJ, Dave and Johne as ambassadors for our 2014 project as they will help raise awareness of our mission.
The new ambassadors took time out from training to attend an event and confirm their involvement with the charity.
South African-born Botha said: "It's great for us to be associated with such a great charity. Being from South Africa I've seen some of this hardship before."
Munster winger Murphy said: "I am delighted to be an ambassador for such a great cause . . . all three of us are delighted to be involved.