Hook urges volunteers to get building in Haiti

RUGBY pundit, George Hook is leading a recruitment drive seeking volunteers for a house building week in Haiti, one of the world’s poorest countries.

Haven, a charity set up by Cork businessman Leslie Buckley is organising an April trip to Haiti. This follows the success of its first ever Build it Week in October last year when 250 Irish volunteers made the trip to the Caribbean country.

Hook was one of the volunteers that took part in October and has decided to continue work for the charity in Ireland by helping to recruit more volunteers.

The 68-year-old said he “could not recommend the experience more”.

“Haiti is the poorest country in the western world with people living in absolutely appalling conditions. But by volunteering for Haven’s Build it Week you can make a tangible difference to the lives of many families,” he said.

A volunteer meeting will take place in Cork on Tuesday, January, 19 at 7pm in Jurys Hotel on the Western Road.

Each volunteer is required to raise €4,500 for the trip. This will cover food for the week, flights and accommodation.

Volunteers will live onsite in the newly-constructed homes and food will be prepared by the catering team which will be drawn from the pool of volunteers.

Mr Buckley, who is a board member at Aer Lingus and Independent News and Media said taking part in Built it Week will be a “life changing experience”.

“What better new year’s resolution could you make than deciding to help those less fortunate than ourselves to achieve what you and I take for granted – a proper place to call home.

“By raising money and taking a week off work to travel to Haiti on our Build it Week, you can make a real and lasting difference to Haitian families and do something really good in 2010,” he said.

Volunteers for Haven’s Build it Week will work with its Haitian workforce to build homes and community facilities for the poorest people in the western world.

To sign up for Haven’s Build it Week or find out more contact 01 433 39330 or go to www.havenpartnership.com.

Other volunteer meetings will be held in Dublin, Athlone and Galway over the coming week.

Haven was set up by Mr Buckley and his wife Carmel two years ago.

Last year it built 200 homes, upgraded 400 more, built community facilities including a playground, school classroom and basketball court.

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