TRALEE R.T.C.'s Charity Committee has put together a unique gift parcel for development workers in Tanzania, including a specially adapted Landrover that was picked up as a piece of scrap by Agricultural Engineering lecturer David Frizelle some 18 months ago.
The 1974 Landrover has been totally rebuilt and refurbished to suit African road conditions. Students Padraig Flynn from Keel and Donal Moriarty from Killorglin completed the work as their major project for the Diploma in Agricultural Engineering. It is now in perfect working order and will be used at a medical centre in Mpwapwa, Tanzania.
Also on the list of gifts is a-bell for the cathedral in Mpwapwa, presented by parishioners of Camp and Parishioners of St. Michael's Church, Castlecaulfield, Co. Tyrone.
The bell was originally Greenore, Co. Down and bought by the Castlecaulfield parish to be sent to Africa. David Frizelle who lives in Camp is a native of Castlecaulfield and he co-ordinated this collaboration.
Other equipment includes a mobile bulk tank with a cooler, a generator, a welder and accessories going to Hombolo Farm near Dodero, Tanzania.
The RTC management donated pots, pans and hand tools and clothes blankets and toys were donated by students and members of the general public in Kerry and West Cork, all to be used in Bashinet, Tanzania
An ecumenical service of blessing was carried out at the college on Thursday October 19. College chaplain Fr. Declan O'Connor and Church of Ireland Lay Minister Joe Hardy performed the ceremony which included a commemoration of the Famine, including names of the dead and the causes of death at the time.
Trocaire Education Officer Sheila Dillon also addressed the gathering.
This is the third Landrover sent to Africa by RTC students. The first one also went to Tanzania and was adapted for farm use and the second one went to a Technical School, not unlike the RTC itself, in Uganda.
All the projects are co-ordinated by The RTC Charities Committee made up of staff members and representatives of the Students.
Over the past four years they have raised over £15,000 for Third World development projects.