Portroe tea party for Ugandan children
A TEA party will take place in the village of Portroe on Saturday August 20th to raise money for a children's hospital unit in Uganda.
Local school student Roybn Cleary is holding the party in her home with the help of her mother, Shirley. Visitors will be treated to a sumptuous array of homemade buns, cakes and sandwiches. There will also be a raffle on the day with some great prizes kindly donated by local businesses.
It's all in aid of the Zest4Kidz charity project, which assists children living in desperate circumstances in disadvantaged parts of the world. Robyn (15), who will shortly be entering Transition Year at Villiers School in Limerick, is taking on the task as part her Community Group module.
She is one of 12 students involved. Next Easter they'll be travelling to northern Spain to partake in a leg of the Camino de Santiago pilgrim walk and raise further funds for their chosen charity.
Robyn says she got involved in the project because she wants to make a difference. She wants to help children who are a lot less well-off then they are here. The Portroe teenager recently met with Zest4Kidz co-founder Stuart Wilson and was impressed with the work the charity is doing in several deprived nations around the world.
A volunteer-run Christian charity, Zest4Kidz runs camps for children, trains counsellors, supports educational projects and meets medical needs in the countries where it operates. In Uganda, Zest4Kidz has been continuously raising funds for a hospital that opened last summer in the eastern district of Kumi.
The project in which Roybn is involved centres on fundriasing for a new children's orthopaedic unit at the hospital. All monies raised will help fund orthopaedic operations for young children in Kumi.
Busily baking ahead of the party on August 20th, Robyn says all are welcomed to come to her home (opposite the church in the village) and make a donation to this worthy cause. There will also be music to enjoy from Borrisokane's Brendan O'Connor. The party starts at 2pm. Robyn took the opportunity to thank everyone who has supported her fundraising efforts so far.