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Southern hands build for Uganda
Catherine McGregor of Otautau takes a moment with the school children in Rwenjaza, Uganda, last month while on a
school-building mission with Fountain of Peace Children's Foundation.
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By Brendan McBryde
A group of southern volunteers
spent three weeks in Uganda
last month, working with a
Wallacetown-based charity aiming
to alleviate poverty in third-world
Four volunteers accompanied
Fountain of Peace Children's
Foundation national director
Jane Laurie on a build mission to
Rwenjaza in Uganda in June, one
of whom was Catherine McGregor
Taking three weeks out from
life on the farm with her three
children, Mrs McGregor said the
things that Fountain of Peace was
doing in Uganda were incredible.
"[The children] are rescued from
situations that you just couldn't
dream of in New Zealand," she
said. "The projects that I worked
on were building a new classroom
onto the school, and painting
inside some of the classrooms
that had been lined."
The group of five - including Ross
and Rosanna Beal of Arrowtown,
and Simon Murdoch of Invercargill
- worked from the end of May to
mid-June to expand the school,
which already caters to more than
"In the junior nursery, we did some
hand print trees," she said. "I was
getting mobbed," she said. "They
just wanted cuddles, and time to
touch and talk."
Compared with simply visiting
impoverished areas to gain an
understanding, spending time and
effort making a contribution was
more rewarding for everyone, Mrs
"I've always had a desire to help
out the poor and to do something
that makes a difference," she
said. "But it's easy to say 'I'd
like to do something', and never
actually do anything."
Regular donations to the charity
allowed it to provide the school
children with one cup of porridge a
day as well, she said.
"I think for some of the children
that might be the only food that
they get," she said. "It's a different
"It strikes you what they don't
have. Comparing them to my own
children, they've got nothing and
they're still happy children."
Aside from time, labour, and
affection, the group took some fun
things to share like frisbees and
balloons, Mrs McGregor said.
"They get a lot of joy out of
small things," she said. "We
took bubbles, and the kids were
Another group will be taken
to Uganda with Fountain of
Peace Children's Foundation in
for further information.
Community award nominees sought
Nominations for the south's
biggest celebration of volu nteers,
the Trustpower Invercargill
Southland Community Awards,
close at 5pm this Friday (July 18).
The awards are run in partnership
with the Invercargill and Southland
councils, recognising and
rewarding voluntary groups and
organisations for the outstanding
contribution they make to their
Trustpower community relations
representative Emily Beaton said
there were still many groups
providing services, activities,
support and events in the
community that were often not
recognised for the invaluable work
"Volunteers dedicate thousands
of hours to the community. We
must remember that volunteers
fundraise, they build and preserve
things and they host events. They
coordinate health support groups
and they teach new skills and
sports and then there are others
who will even save your life and
property if they need to," she said.
"It only takes a few minutes to
enter a voluntary group but it
will make a real difference to the
volunteers you are recognising,"
Miss Beaton said.
The awards, which will be
presented at a function at the
Civic Theatre on September 1,
cover five categories; Heritage
and Environment, Health and
Wellbeing, Arts and Culture, Sport
and Leisure, and Educational and
Entry forms are available
from council offices or
can be completed online
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