A kind hearted Deeside College Art and Design student will be spending her Easter holidays helping others by constructing houses for the under privileged of South Africa.
Former Ysgol Glan Clwyd pupil Bethan Adey from Tremeirchion, will travel to Johannesburg for a ten day trip, five of which will be spent building houses from start to finish in the city’s poorest area. She will also visit a local orphanage and has packed a number of gifts to donate to the children.
The trip is organised by Youth Mission Project and involves a number of volunteers from youth organisations in the Vale of Clwyd area. Bethan, who attends the Urban Saints youth movement in St Asaph, will be joined by eight others from her group on this once in a lifetime experience.
In order for her to hit the ground running when she arrives in South Africa, Bethan has been picking up some construction tips at Deeside College’s Construction Skills Centre.
Speaking before departing for Johannesburg, Bethan said: “I can’t wait to experience South Africa and sample its culture. I’ve been involved in fundraising for the people of the area we’re visiting for a number of years so actually getting to meet the them and build houses for their community will be really rewarding.”
Bethan’s Art and Design Tutor at Deeside College Frank Jordan said: “It’s great to see someone so young going out of their way to help others less fortunate than her. I’d like to wish Bethan and her group all the best and look forward to hearing all about her trip when she returns.”
Keith Meadows from St Asaph who is leading the team added: “We hope this trip will change the way the group going to South Africa look at life. We know that it is life changing for the families that receive the houses the young people build. The group will come back having been personally challenged in a physical and emotional way from not only the building of a home, but from seeing how the “other half” live and knowing that they have helped others in need.”