TWO young Newbridge students will fly out to Ngong, Kenya in January to volunteer at a girls rescue centre.
Anna Walsh and Ellen Dowse, transition year students at Holy Family Secondary School, are on a mission to raise €4,400 to allow them volunteer for two weeks with the CARA Projects Girls Rescue Centre (CGRC).
The project was set up by a fellow Newbridge native, Paddy O’Connor from Ballysax, the Curragh. The centre caters for up to 40 girls who are victims of neglect, abuse, female genital mutilation , incest or early marriage.
The two Newbridge students will help out at the centre gardening, organising activities and care giving.
They held a table quiz fundraiser in Sarsfileds recently to raise funds to cover the costs and managed to raise €1,200. The girls have already held a bake sale and set up a GoFundMe page. They plan to bring very little belongings on the trip and to fill their cases with clothing, toiletries, sanitory items and educational material for the girls in the centre.
Quiz master on the night was Anna’s father 2fm presenter Keith Walsh.
To support the girls visit their GoFundMe page www.gofundme.com/anna-and-ellen039s-trip-to-kenya.