Gig will support Catriona’s charity trip to South Africa

Eamonn Wynne

Eamonn Wynne

A Clonmel woman has organised a fundraising gig to support her trip to South Africa in November to build houses in the townships of Cape Town for some of the country’s poorest people.

Catriona Nugent from Glenda, Mountain Road, has signed up as a volunteer with the Niall Mellon Township Trust, a charity that’s celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

The daughter of Mary and Michael Nugent, Catriona needs to raise €4,500, with the majority of the funds going towards building materials for the houses, as well as covering her travel and accommodation.

The fundraising gig will be held on Friday, 8th June at the Clonmel Park Hotel, which has kindly donated the ballroom for the event. The bands and DJs are playing free of charge so all proceeds will go directly to the charity.

The entertainment will kick off at 9pm with Von Trapp, a four-piece acoustic act playing everything from Damien Rice to Florence and the Machine.

The main attraction are Supersoul Machine, a local band who play a mixture of blues, soul, rock and funk. They cater for all tastes covering the music of Stevie Wonder to the Kings of Leon and Whitesnake.

To round off the night a DJ will roll out tunes from the 60s right up to current chart hits.

Tickets are now on sale at the Clonmel Park Hotel reception for only €10.

Catriona, who has returned to work as communications manager with the Kentz engineering and construction group in Clonmel, having been based with the company in London for the previous 16 months, is the second member of her family to donate her time and energy to the poor of South Africa. Her brother Declan travelled there with The Niall Mellon Township last November, working for a week building houses.

He enjoyed experience so much that, as well as convincing Catriona to give it a go, he’s returning this year.

In 2002 Niall Mellon was so deeply moved by the plight of impoverished families in the townships of South Africa that he set up the charity to alleviate their plight.

The Niall Mellon Township Trust is a house building charity that builds houses throughout the year in poverty-stricken areas of the country. It operates its own skills development programme, training people from those townships in a wide range of construction disciplines.

It also runs a short-term volunteer overseas programme, bringing volunteers to build houses in the townships, and no building experience is required.