WHILE most people look forward to spending their holidays sprawled out on a beach somewhere, Daniel O’Kelly has been working hard raising money for yet another volunteering stint at a school in Uganda.
“Last time I was there, we took over $2300. This time I’m up to $2000, but my aim is $2500,” Mr O’Kelly said.
This will be the fourth year since 2008 the Buninyong Primary School physical education teacher will be dedicating his time and money to St Paul KAASO (Kabira Adult Attention and School of Orphans), a school of about 500 students located four hours south of Kampala.
Working in conjunction with organisation Kids Worldwide, this year Mr O’Kelly has been fund-raising to help the school set up a “chook run”. The project to farm and sell chicken eggs will be a sustainable system providing not only food, but funds to help cover the school’s operational expenses.
A total of $4000 will get the 500 chickens and facilities needed, but $2500 is estimated to be enough to get the project started.
The support by the Buninyong community has been the key, says Mr O’Kelly, not only with monetary donations, but materials and supplies as well.
“One lady who works at a dental surgery dropped off about 200 little toothpaste tubes. I currently have about 15 kilos of supplies in my office,” he said.
Last year the Buninyong teacher took with him about 27 kilograms of supplies, including toothpaste, toothbrushes, pens, pencils and chalk.
The opportunity to “enable members of the community to contribute and give back” has given “much personal gratification”, said Mr O’Kelly.