Donations are like "winning the lotto"

Work tools and laptops donated

By Eamonn McFadden

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Brendan Vaughan (left) pictured donating the Africa bound tools and laptops to Shaun Doherty of Highland Radio.

Thousands of euros worth of tools, building equipment and laptops donated by a the Donegal and Irish Diaspora in London have been presented to a charity that is helping educate and rehome trafficked children in Africa.

The special shipment came from many Donegal business figures in London and was coordinated by well-known charity worker Brendan ‘Tiny’ Vaughan.

On Friday Brendan presented the collection of equipment, which included hand tools, power tools and computers to Highland Radio presenter Shaun Doherty who collected them on behalf of the Ray of Sunshine charity.

The equipment will now be shipped to Kenya where the Ray of Sunshine will be building a new schools for boys who have been rescued from sex traffickers.

The equipment donation drive also secured ten laptops that will be used for teenagers based in another school founded by the charity a number of years ago This will help with their education and give them skills that can help them find employment and a better life in the future.

Olive Halpin from the Ray of Sunshine charity says the contribution of tools and laptops was like “winning the lotto”.

She explains that one of the problems they have faced in the past when they build a centre for girl in 2016 was securing proper tools for the volunteers to use when they travel from Ireland to Mombasa to help build the facilities.

This donation will now mean they have modern tools to get the work done more efficiently when building their next centre.

Olive stated: “The Ray of Sunshine is building a rescue home for boys that have been used in the sex trafficking industry. We have just completed a girls rescue home and we built it with difficulty but we got the job done. What would have made it easier was if we had proper tools and equipment. Shaun Doherty was present at the project when we were building it and he brought his expertise to the charity by letting people know the things we need in the charity that will help us make a difference in Africa. This will make an enormous difference because it is such a primitive area we are working in and tools are not easily got there unless the volunteers carry them out. But we are delighted with these donations.” 

The equipment is now with the charity who are arranging transport to Kenya.

Up to 30 Donegal volunteers took part in their last project and they are appealing for anyone interested in joining their 2018 campaign to build the boys centre

 “The whole thing that makes this happen is volunteers. We need trades people and the cost is €3000 per person. That includes your flight and accommodation but more importantly €1,700 of the money buys all the material.”

To learn more visit www.rayofsunshine.ie