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Heaslip lines out to help Africa charity

LEINSTER star Jamie Heaslip is taking time out of his hectic schedule to lend his muscles to packing up aid for Africa.

And the number eight is looking for Ireland and Leinster fans to help him out on the challenge to pack up a truck bound for a disadvantaged community in Kenya.

Jamie has appealed for the public's help to load the truck and is looking for eight people to join him on the venture next Wednesday.

"I'll be relying on a strong team of volunteers to help me to pack a 40 foot container with over 500 computers in two hours -- it's going to be quite a challenge," the rugby player said.

"Once we pack the computers into the container they will then commence their six week journey to Africa, where they will play a huge part in making a difference to the lives and education of local people."

Heaslip (27) was all set to line out for the boys in blue today in the quarter-final at the Aviva Stadium.

And despite the intensive preparations for the clash against Leicester, he set aside hours to assist the charity.

John Fitzsimons, general manager of Camara, said that they were thrilled to have Heaslip on board supporting the work of Camara as part of the Arthur Guinness Fund.

"I know the team at our Dublin hub are really looking forward to Jamie's visit next week -- it's a tough job loading a container with over 500 computers but I'm sure Jamie and his team will be up for the challenge."


Camara is a volunteer organisation which uses technology to deliver education more effectively to communities in Africa and Ireland.

The group takes in used computers from Irish companies and individuals, wipes their hard drives of data, using a technique in line with US Department of Defense standards and refurbishes them.

Once the computers are reloaded with educational software, they are sent off and set up as Learning Centres in schools in Africa and Ireland.

Camara are working in connection with the Arthur Guinness fund, established as part of Guinness's 250th anniversary celebrations, which sees €2.5m invested in social entrepreneurial projects.

Since the launch of the fund, 10 different projects from around Ireland, including Grow It Yourself, have benefited from €1m of the fund, while also receiving support and training from Diageo and industry experts.