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Help Nuala to build happier lives in Africa

YOU have heard of Bob the Builder. And indeed Breakfast Roll Man.

But now a Dublin camogie star will be donning the hard yellow hat to mix cement with the best of them.

It will be a week in November that Nuala O'Donovan will remember forever.

Nuala plays for Whitehall Colmcille. She's a highly rated defender.

So much so that she has worn the Dublin minor and junior jersey.

She laughs when it's suggested that someday she might complete the hat-trick with a call to the county seniors.

Anyway, she has enough on her agenda at the moment. She's in her second year of studying sports science at the University of Limerick.

"I keep ticking over here fitness wise and I play for Whitehall when I'm back in Dublin for the summer," she explains.

She attended the respected camogie school, the Dominican College, on Griffith Avenue.

"We had some wonderful days there with the camogie," she said.

It was in school that she first learned of the Niall Mellon Trust and the magnificent work they do.

The idea stuck in her mind. So much so that she's off to Cape Town in South Africa in November.


She'll be joined by two fellow UL students, twins Linda and Lisa Bolger, who were on last season's Wexford All-Ireland Intermediate Championship winning team.

That was the Croke Park afternoon that JJ Doyle managed to be in two places at the one time as he guided both Wexford teams to glory!

Nuala's blue-bricked road will help change the lives of the poor communities in South Africa.

"We'll be among a team of volunteers that will help to build houses for those disadvantaged people who are presently living in shacks," she reveals.

"They will have proper, secure housing, with clean water. This will lead to a much healthier life for these people.

"Every house will have electricity, which will mean that the young people can study at night, giving themselves a chance of a better future. I'm looking on it as the chance of a lifetime. It will be a fantastic experience.

"I'm trying to raise €5,000 for the project. That will be hard work, but fun as well. We have many fundraising ventures planned. I need as much sponsorship as I can get.

"I'll be very grateful if the camogie community could help out in any way at all. The Niall Mellon Trust have done such incredible work."

p Nuala can be contacted by email at: nualagoesbuilding@gmail.com