Hurling in the schoolyards of India

Paula McDonald who will travel to India with charity Suas in June
A LOCAL girl will travel to India this summer to help teach children in need and is hoping to introduce them to the game of hurling.

A LOCAL girl will travel to India this summer to help teach children in need and is hoping to introduce them to the game of hurling.

Paula McDonald who is studying Biomedical Science in Cork is hoping to go to India this summer with the Irish charity Suas. She will be volunteering in one of Suas’s partner schools in a rural village in the Sunderbans area of West Bengal. Paula will travel out in early June as part of a team of eight young people who will act as teaching assistants to the local teachers for the summer months.

“I am very excited about the experience. I will be helping to teach children who live in deprived circumstance. Part of why I am going out there is to bring some fun and joy into their lives. As well as helping to teach I will also be involved in other activities and sports and hope to show them a bit of hurling,” she said.

Children in the schools often live in poverty and the schools in this area suffer from a lack of resources and funding. The team will try help the staff and children in the schools in any way they can from teaching English, maths and art to playing sports and other activities.

Suas is an Irish charity which has done great work in India and Africa for over ten years. It is evident from previous years that Suas and the work of their volunteers have a huge positive impact on the partner schools. They help to ease the workloads of the teachers who often have to teach many classes at once. They provide children with the extra attention they may need in certain areas. Paula and her team mates must raise a €2995 participation fee in order to be able to take part in the programme.

A table quiz will be held in Breathnach’s bar on John Street on March 15 (the Friday of the St Patrick’s weekend). All are very welcome on the night. There are some great prizes for the winners of the table quiz and the monster raffle and Paula would like to thank all the local businesses that sponsored the prizes so far. For more information email paulapmcdonald@gmail.com or donate directly at http://www.mycharity.ie/event/paulasuasindia2013/