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Bake Sale Fundraiser For Niall Mellon Trust

My name is Laura Mc Kenna and I'm in Transition Year. I'll be travelling to Cape Town, South Africa, in November with the Mellon Educate Organisation. To raise funds for this trip, I organised a bake sale in the school on the 9th of October, with the help of Ms Lynch.

Most people have heard of the Niall Mellon Township Trust, a charity set up by Niall Mellon in 2003 with the aim of building high-quality houses for 125,000 of South Africa's poorest people. For ten years, Irish volunteers travelled to South Africa with the organisation and took part in the building blitzes, and by 2013 the goal of building 25,000 houses had been achieved. My aunt was among these volunteers for six of the building blitzes, and her enthusiasm and praise for the experience inspired me to take part.

In 2013, the charity launched a new initiative; Mellon Educate, which aims to provide a high standard of education for 100,000 impoverished children in townships and slums across Africa over 10 years. The goal for the blitz I'll be taking part in next month is to build classroom facilities for over 500 children in the township of Masiphumelele.

Volunteers have to raise a sum of €4,500 to take part - most of this this goes towards building materials, as well as practical costs such as flights, insurance, and accommodation. I had done some fundraising and saving towards this cost, and when we decided to organise a bake sale in the school, my fellow TYs rose to the occasion magnificently. I'm very grateful to all the girls who baked and sold the impressive selection of cupcakes, brownies, meringues, buns, and biscuit cakes that were on offer, as well as Ms Lynch for her invaluable help and generosity with her own time. I'm sorry that I don't have any photos from the bake sale - we were kept on our toes and everything was gone within about ten minutes!

We managed to raise €700, a super amount of money. I'd like to thank everyone who helped out with the bake sale, as well as those who donated so generously. I am really looking forward to my trip to South Africa, and I hope that this might spark off a tradition of St Louis students participating in the annual building blitzes.



For Further information on the Niall Mellon Trust please visit http://heartandbrick.com/.

Also you can see more of the organization's good work on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/melloneducate/

And their YouTube channel  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPqqNj43C7u6XXTwavFYuzQ

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