Granard native Emma Regan is preparing for a two week trip to South Africa, where she will work in an orphanage with Global Vision Ireland.
Daughter of John and Angelo, Emma will be going to an area called Stellenbosch, about 45 minutes outside of Cape Town, from Friday, September 6 to Monday, September 23.
“It’s something I kind of wanted to do for a long time” Emma admits, explaining that she “plucked up the courage” a few months ago to take up the challenge, signing up with Global Vision Ireland.
In the run-up to the trip, Emma has been organising fundraisers in Dublin, where she works during the week, and Longford, and she is extremely grateful for everyone’s generous support. Each volunteer may choose where their money goes, be it on food, medicine, etc. Emma decided to provide medical supplies, being told that approximately €2,000 - €2,500 can provide up to five months of medical supplies for the children. Emma explains that this includes things as simple as imodium for an upset stomach, or calpol for a fever. The final fundraiser will take place in Fay’s, Granard on Saturday, August 24. There will be live music and a big raffle with prizes donated by local businesses, and all are welcome to attend.