Kenyan mission on horizon for Rathangan aunt and niece

Sinead and Imelda to volunteer at rescue centre

Niamh O'Donoghue

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Kenyan mission on horizon for Rathangan aunt and niece

Imelda and Sinead

When most people hit 50, a party is most likely on the agenda.

However, one Rathangan woman is planning a different way to mark this milestone.

Having been inspired by her niece’s charity work in Kenya, Imelda (Mel) Brereton is joining forces with Sinead O’Donohoe to volunteer her services next February, along with 30 students from the Kildare area, for the Cara Project.

She is looking forward to being part of the Cara team, who give hope to the girls who arrive to the charity’s rescue center from sad and horrific backgrounds.

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“I want to make a difference to the girls and gain a fresh outlook in life,” said Imelda.

The duo are running a joint 80s and 90s Disco fundraiser in the Burrow Lounge in Rathangan on Friday night, November 24.

“This promises to be a great pre-Christmas night out with the popular DJ Fergie Pearson playing all the hits from 80s and 90s, along with a super raffle with over 20 prizes including a private day cruise on the Shannon (with prosecco),” said the girls.

Mel lives in Lullymore with her husband Pat and her daughters Ciara and Aine.

Sinead lives a few short miles away in Coolelan, with her parents Margaret and Seamus, and her sister Grainne.

The 17-year-old fifth year Ard Scoil Rath Iomghain student volunteered in Kenya for two weeks with Cara Projects last year.

Cara Projects is an Irish registered charity and Kenyan registered NGO. It runs Cara Girls Rescue Centre near Ngong outside Nairobi.

This centre provides a family environment encompassing love, welfare, trust, education, schooling and mentoring\training for 30 to 40 girls aged between 3 and 18 years.

The girls are rescued from a variety of circumstances involving physical, sexual abuse, neglect, abandonment, and forced marriage.

The young student said her experience volunteering with Cara Projects “really put things into perspective about what’s important in life.”

“The girls living in the center taught me how important it is to value your education, family, and the simple things like clean water, food and shelter.

“Our work last February really improved the living conditions of the girls in the rescue center. It was very satisfying to know that we made a difference to these special girls”.

Her aunt Mel is no stranger to volunteering and has given a lot of time over the last five years volunteering as a leader with Rathangan Scouts.

The Rathangan natives would like to thank all the sponsors for the raffle prizes for the disco and special thanks to Ruth Conlon in the Burrow for her support as well as Natasha in Natasha’s Gift Shop.

Go Fund me pages are also up and running under ‘Mel Brereton Cara Projects’ and ‘Sinead O’Donohoe Cara Projects’.

“Thanks to those who have donated already, any corporate donations also welcome and your support will be greatly appreciated,” said the two volunteers.

Further information on the charity can be found at www.CaraProjects.com

Tickets for the disco are €10 each and available from Natasha’s giftshop and direct from Mel on 086- 8168181.