Week 21/08/2011

posted Aug 16, 2011, 2:11 AM by Unknown user
Volunteer in India.
Carol Kelly from Dromina, Dysart, spent four weeks of the summer in Delhi with nineteen volunteers and two group leaders from U.C.D. Volunteers Overseas, working on different charity projects, including a teaching and construction project in Bawana - a slum just outside Delhi;  physiotherapy and teaching English at the Antyodaya Shelter;  teaching children and women at St. Anthony's and teaching young children at Kanti's school in the Sangham Vihar slum in Delhi.   Carol was involved in the project teaching street boys, between the ages of seven and sixteen in one of Salaam Baalak's shelters, called Aasra (meaning "support" in Hindi).   It is a short term shelter where children stay for six months to a year, until they are either reunited with their parents (many are children who get lost or run away), or move to a long term shelter where they will receive proper accommodation, go to school and will sometimes be allowed out of the shelter.  Through sponsorship, Carol and her group were able to buy school supplies for the children, lockers for their few personal items and fruit which the children received as a treat every Friday.  
 
U.C.D.V.O. sends four volunteers to the Aasra shelter every year, and it is the only month the teachers there get off - and that is only to complete paperwork!  Carol was delighted to be a part of the group this year and hopes that her contribution will go some way in making life better for the children with whom she worked.
 
    
Community Games.
Well done to Ciara Ryan from Ruan who reached the semi finals of the backstroke, in swimming, at the National Finals of Community Games held in Athlone on Sunday.
 
 
Summer Camp in Ruan.
A summer camp for children with special needs was held in Ruan Community Playgroup last week, which was very well attended.  Lorraine O'Brien from Toonagh gave music therapy classes, there were stretch and grow classes, swimming and crafts, and all the children enjoyed the activities on offer throughout the week.
 
GAA News
On this Thurs. evening Ruan will meet Wolfe Tones in the u16 semi final which will be held in Ruan at 7.30p.m., support would be welcome.
 
Road Closures.
On this coming Sun. 21st August, many roads will be closed throughout the parish between 6a.m. and 9a.m. to allow the Skyride Etape Hibernia Cycling event to take place.   
 
Signs have been erected on all the routes affected, and members of the public are asked to heed these signs.

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