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Father and daughter team up for African schools 'building blitz'

A FATHER and daughter are hoping to make a difference to hundreds of schoolchildren in South Africa.

Dermot and Cassie Moore, from Dalkey, are among the 220 volunteers who have travelled to Cape Town in South Africa as part of the Mellon Educate project.


Electrician Dermot and Cassie (23) – a basketball coach at the Loreto school in Dalkey – are working on the Oranjekloof primary school near the township of Imizamo Yethu.

This week's building blitz which got under way over the weekend will see a major refurbishment of the school's existing facilities as well as construction of new classrooms and other facilities.

"It's a fantastic charity to work on. I came with the intention of coming for

just one year, but having seen the poverty that these people have to live with on a daily basis, it encouraged me to come out every year," Dermot told the Herald.

"The first year was very easy in raising funds, but it's very difficult to go back to the same people to ask to put their hands in their pockets again, so what we've done since is events such as bucket collections and other events to raise funds."

Cassie has been helping her dad raise funds since he first went on a building blitz seven years ago.

"This is my fifth trip – I first came out here after my Leaving Cert," she said.

"I work in a school at home so I was really excited to work on a school here."

The pair decided to work on separate squads.

"I wanted to make my own friends and find my own way – and it's worked well so far," said Cassie.