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BITA President Paul Whitnell helps build classrooms in South Africa

Article posted: 24/11/2023
BITA President Paul Whitnell helps build classrooms in South Africa

Our President Paul Whitnell is in South Africa with Philomena Leonard working with Mellon Educate, and a team of 322 international volunteers, supported by Cj Stander to help build 20 classrooms, two kitchens, two playgrounds, two toilet blocks and four covered shelters in two township schools near Cape Town.

Paul and Phil have been really impacted by the conditions and poverty in the area, but incredibly warmed by the welcoming community as they join together to improve conditions and lives. Education is the pathway, and by raising awareness of this cause, Paul is hoping to encourage trades and trades people into the country to help kickstart infrastructure projects, and get things built that need building!

As Paul says "By showing people there’s a real need and market for trades over here, we’d be improving quality of life for the residents DRAMATICALLY."

In just a short week, the group have built two schools, with play areas and shelters, to help service a township in South Africa, and they are encouraging BITA members to get involved!

The next Building Blitz takes place 2024 on the 16th - 23rd November (TBC), and all are welcome to join. We want to encourage all our members, and especially those with a background in construction, to commit to joining them today, just email [email protected] for information and to register your interest for 2024!

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