James will travel to Ghana to help children in orphanage
James Lumumba volunteering in 2018

James will travel to Ghana to help children in orphanage

TICKETS for a charity Easter egg hunt at Tallaght Athletics Club next week on Saturday, April 16, in aid of children in an orphanage in Ghana, are now on sale.

Alongside the Easter egg hunt, there will also be face-painting and other activities at the event, which has been organised by Jobstown man James Lumumba.

James is well-known in the area for his charitable pursuits, like running races in unconventional ways such as blindfolded or backwards to raise money for charity, and also as a mental health advocate.

The Easter egg hunt is his latest fundraiser, which will enable him to return to an orphanage in an area of Ghana called Senya Beraku this summer, where he previously volunteered for four weeks in 2018.

“The main thing I want to do when I’m there is volunteering, but I also want to do something for the community,” James told The Echo.

“The last time I was there we held a malaria clinic, and this time I really want to help to feed the people there.

“It’s a small town with a few thousand people, but they wouldn’t have much. It’s a poor area that’s far away from any main cities.

James volunteering in a classroom in 2018 is seeking the communities help with the fundraiser

“When I left in 2018, I knew I’d come back, I just didn’t know when.”

James will be volunteering on a childcare programme with Senya Beraku-based charity Becky’s Foundation, which carries out work across the areas of healthcare, childcare, sports, disability and community development.

The last time he went to the orphanage, he taught the children geography and is looking forward to leading a classroom again, as he found it very rewarding.

However, for children closer to home, James is holding the Easter egg hunt where the kids will go out and find six plastic eggs each and will then trade them in for real chocolate eggs at the end of the hunt.

Tickets are on sale now for the event, which will take place at Tallaght Athletics Club on Saturday, April 16, with Easter egg hunts taking place at 10.30am, 11.15am and 12.30pm.

Tickets for the event are €10 for the first child, and €5 for every child thereafter once they’re from the same family. They are available on Eventbrite, at www.tinyurl.com/TallaghtEggHunt

Tickets must be purchased in advance, and will be available up to and including the day before the Easter egg hunt, Friday, April 15.

The money raised from the event will be used to help the children in the orphanage in Ghana, and James is looking forward to seeing the impact it will have.

“The main thing is to help the children in the orphanage and to be able to make them happy, and see the joy in their faces when you do little things for them,” he said.

“They’re so appreciative. It’s only small things, but they get so much joy from it.”

Donations for the trip can also be made on iDonate to the foundation that James uses for his fundraising initiatives, called Clarice’s Foundation.

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