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landfill is for wasters – recycle a computer

recycle computers I don’t know much about computers, really. Like a car, I can drive it but thats it. Anyhow there’s a computer crowd called UBUNTU…..

They’ve decided to work alongside Camara, an Irish charity who take in second hand computers do them up [basically] and send them to schools and colleges in Africa who need them.

You might say its a bit like the Jack and Jill foundation and giving them your old phone. Whats that got to do with a garden? Well it beats sending it to landfill I suppose. So there you have it.

If you’re going to chuck it out – give these lads a call first and make yourself feel all super dooper and amazing. It may be one, it may be one hundred. It will be used. You can rob the plug off the end if you really that desperate. They use different plugs in Africa anyway

Go on, don’t be a waster!

the gardeners [had a] ball…

the gardeners ball

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Last night in the D4 hotel the first annual gardeners ball [black tie green carpet event] took place, the brainchild of Dominic Loughran and his team of supporters and helpers. It was I must admit somewhat a change to see so many ‘gardeners’ looking so sprightly at the black tie event. And whilst my qualifications are horticultural rather than photographic I think you’ll agree that a really great night was had by all!

If you’re not pictured here I apologise sincerely but I was probably on the dancefloor trying to keep up with Albert who surely must have no rubber left on the soles of his shoes!??

Thank you so much to those who I met, conversed and laughed with whilst raising much needed funds for the Garden of Hope and the Niall Mellon Township Trust. It was an absolute honour and once again a pleasure.

gardeners ball – black tie, green carpet event

garden of hope gardeners ball niall mellon township 2008 peter donegan

does the mister never bring you anywhere? do you fancy treating yourself to an evening among the ‘you scrub up wells’ of this world or did you just fancy seeing yourself dressed up as James Bond ?

At 250 euro a ticket with Diarmuid Gavin as guest speaker this is your chance to walk the green carpet and put the Cameron Diaz and Mackauley Culkins of this world to shame.

Apart from that you’ll get to sit in my company…. how many times have you had an offer like that?!

Interested just call Sara or Peter [thats me] on 00353-1-8078712

7.30pm in the Ballsbridge Inn [ex Jurys – not Croke Park as printed] In aid of the Niall Mellon Township Trust. If you’ve got a few bob there’ll be the auctions to follow…. just make sure not to make your grand entry in tuxes like these two guys!

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building a[another] garden in south africa [4]

the team...

the team...

 these are just some of the amazing people [sorry garden of hope ladies but it’s the only pic I have at the moment] who were involved in the garden that was built in South Africa. In the centre [wearing the brown hat] is Dominic Loughran who designed the wonderful garden and the person who also introduced and convinced [easily] me to make the trip with the Niall Mellon Township.

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Whilst the garden was a fine part of the freedom park township challenge it was not the only part and I believe 2008 will see 2008 people travel to South Africa [interested? – click here]. Some people have called me wondering if they would be of benefit to the trust and I proudly tell them that I did a stint helping the good people of the painting team, the plasterers & even the lads who put in the ceilings! Believe me your help will benefit people who need it. I was just so proud to be there.

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The garden is where my heart has always been as discussed in previous posts – but I must admit now that I am just so proud to have met so many wonderful people and to know that as 1 of 1500 people, every person made a difference.

To those of you who donated money to the charity because of knowing me. Thank you. I’m sorry it took so long for me to get the pictures up so you could see what the team and your money did. No matter the amount it was well spent and once again it made a difference.

building a garden in south africa [3]

Everything is going really well in Cape Town. For the people of this township and the 1500 volunteers involved, it is an emotional event and one I am so proud to be part of. My previous articles on this blog will give a little more insight.

We arrived late on Friday due to Monarch airlines most contrary organisation knowing little of what reaity was about to hit us. But it was a visit to a shack owned by a lady due to move into one of the new homes that instilled inspration with full reasoning into the hearts of every volunteer. I know I cried. I know I wasn’t alone. It wasn’t bad, more a positive tear that made me fully understand why Niall Mellon does what he does and why. I also now know why this is the largest people movement, for charitable reasons, since world war 2 to help another country and around 1400 are Irish. Proud is an understatement.

Honestly, if I could get those of us Irish besotted by interest rates and celtic tiger property prices to visit here [?!??] one might just realise how precious life is and how miniscule our troubles really are. To have left families, businesses, money aside and country to help another who needs it so much more is angelic but to build 200 homes each painted, with a solar panel and a community garden surprisingly in just seven days is truly miraculous.

If you saw what I have seen, you would understand why I and the other 1499 people get applauded and welcomed everyday we go to work. Tear-jerker, you better believe it! I’m beginning to think I have a feminine side…. We also are cheered and thanked on our way home. Amazing. Any slight upsets since I got here [click here]? No. I love every second and I thank whatever religion one may pray to that Dominc Loughran made me realise that my horticulture could make tears come to many a grown mans eyes.