One day, two volunteers, an 82 year gap…
Meet two of the “class of ’13″ brought together for our latest pre-trip orientation day: Bill Lavery is 89 years old and preparing to paint and plaster for the Maasai in Kenya. Bill’s a (mostly retired) builder by trade and has been keeping busy doing renovation and decoration work to raise money for the trip. This is trip number three for Bill, following trips to Cambodia (2008) and Brazil (2007 while still a sprightly 83 year old). He will be using his skills to build a refuge for Maasai girls escaping forced marriage.
Jaydn Henry, aged 7 is more than a little excited about the trip to The Dominican Republic, where she will be helping to build a new house for a family living in a squalid shack. This will be the furthest she has travelled from her home in Islington, although she’s managed holidays to Spain and Egypt, so she’s already a dab hand at re-applying her own sunscreen.
Any readers of an intermediate age may like to know that places are still available on trips to both countries. Oh, and Bill is still available for any odd painting and decorating you may need – very reasonable rates too.