The Kilkenny Gospel Choir will make a special visit to Muckalee Church at 11am mass, on December 1. The choir has generously agreed to help promote the outstanding work that the Ray of Sunshine has been doing in Mombassa, Kenya for the past few years. The Ray of Sunshine Foundation is a charity that is operated on a strictly voluntarily basis only. Any contributions or donations given to a volunteer go directly to the funding of their current project.
Billy Murphy from Muckalee said it is a great charity. “Two years ago I was privileged to be involved in the building of a dormitory for 120 blind children. It was a great success, and I guess that’s why we’re going again,” he said.
This year the volunteers have been raising money to help build six classrooms for a school that is already struggling to keep up with the growing number of children who depend on it for their future education.
At present, classroom sizes are running close to 100. The Kenyan government has promised to provide trained teachers to the school on the condition that the locals provide the buildings first
If the volunteers can raise the E120,000 needed to build these classrooms the government will have to honour their promise of providing the school with trained teachers.
“This is something you never get tired of doing. Yes, the work is hard and day is long, but, having the classrooms built will make such a difference to those children out there. We’re also hoping to set up a feeding station in the area. This will cost around 6,000 euro and will help to feed 100 infants for a year,” Billy said.
There will also be a cake sale (with some Christmas cakes included) in the local community centre after Mass.