The Garvey’s held a coffee morning in Frank and Agnes’ house on December 8. When we arrived the place was all set out with enough goodies to feed a Malawian village for a week. Colette was beavering away as only she can.
I met people from the parish I hadn’t met before and got a chance to talk about Malawi for hours!!
The welcome was great, the food was excellent, the talk was inspiring and the result was an amazing €1225 for Malawi, and all of it will get to the villages, where it will change lives forever.
Every day Wells for Zoe makes new friends, none more so than Trev and Alan. On Dec 21, I met them in the George Bernard Shaw on Richmond St, No, not for drink, but to collect a load of money.
These are two of our amazing younger generation, who visited Malawi during the summer and were involved in the Lake of Stars Festival. They found time to pop down to our projects in Mzuzu, were impressed, and got into action straight away. One of them, Donal Gorman wrote a full page article that was published in the Sunday Business Post. Alan swam from Howth to Dun Laoghaire and raised €970. Amy Colley gave us all her photographs and Trev presented me with €1210, the proceeds of a magical night in the George Bernard Shaw. What’s next? Well, a gang of them will swim Lough Ness in March 2008 and deserve any support you can give them. I’m told if they find the monster, Wells for Zoe will get all film rights to the story!!
The New Year brought our first Calendar, 2008 for our nearest and dearest supporters. Eamonn produced, and put us all under extreme pressure, none more so than Amy Colley who has two stunning months, putting Harisen Amin, Richard Carter and John Coyne in the shade.
The production shows real pictures from the villages, with stories to match.
Rave reviews are coming in, and maybe we will do a few extra next year, for fundraising.
Amy Colley is an excellent portrait photographer in Dun Laoghaire and is open for business. To view some smashing pics from Malawi click on http://flickr.com/photos/amycolley/sets/72157602374531181/
Something which has become onerous and full time over the past few months, seven-day-a-week stuff, is the office work.
Thankfully, help is at hand. Marie Kehoe has joined us as our first administrative volunteer. On January 14 she begins a new career with the Wells for Zoe madhouse!!
It is her intention to be a very serious volunteer, getting out to the heart of things in Mzuzu as soon as possible. She is a very welcome addition to the troupe and we look forward to great things.
Harisen and Charity are expecting their second baby in March. They already have Fatima who is six. I think six going on sixteen at least. When I asked her recently what she would like me to send as a present, she said a bag and chocolate – every girl’s dream no matter what age (is a school bag a bag?).
Charity is having a bit of a difficult time, so our prayers are with her.
The student group at DIT are finalising plans for their trip. They’re planning to leave on March 18 for two weeks on the projects. More news as events unfold.
One of our summer volunteers, Ian and girlfriend Mirian, have got a contract with the French Red Cross in Haiti. Ian says: We have an interesting project: water supply to a number of small villages and a coastal town from two spring sources in the mountains about 17km away.
Despite all the bad press there are amazing young people out there.
Eamonn is working in New York until Jan 14 and then flies to Compass Records in Nashville to finalise the line up for the upcoming Wells for Zoe Music Album. Before I looked at the 2008 calendar we had hoped to launch on March 22, World Water day, but Easter Saturday is not the best, so we are looking for a date in early April.
Sinead O’Connor has already recorded the John Waters/Tommy Moran track
“Baby, Let Me Buy You A Drink” (of water), while another new track, written and recorded by Karine Polwart called: “Dig a Little Well for Zoe” is a real beauty. Salsa Celtica, Kris Drever and Alison Brown are also set to feature. As they say, watch this space!