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Teshie School Project – Volunteer Diary - Day 1

Day 1 - Sunday 09 Aug. 2009

Welcome to the first of the daily updates from the Teshie School Project in Accra, Ghana. Yesterday the 39 strong volunteer team set off for Ghana, hailing from all areas of ESB including: ESB Corporate Centre; ESB International; ESB Independent Energy; ESB Networks; ESB Telecoms; ICT and ESB Power Generation.

Meet the team!
The team comes from all walks of ESB life, from Safety representatives and senior management, to consultants and technicians. Pictured below are:

  • Corporate Centre - Luke Shinnors
  • ICT - Vinnie Heffernan, Charlie Horkan, Sharyn McMenamin, Allison Morris, Maurice O'Connor and Niall Roche.
  • ESB International - Brian Cronly, Jim Dollard, Greg Dooley, Michael Fox, Margaret Hayden, Ivan McAuley, Majella McCarron, Nyree Moynan, Michael O'Connor and Anne Marie Twamley.
  • ESB Independent Energy - Joe Boyne
  • ESB Networks - Catherine Byrne, Susan Byrne, Evin Guing, James Harkin, David Kinghan, Ger Larkin, Ger McCarthy, Teresa McMorrow, Brendan O'Connor, Brigid O'Grady, Sinead O'Keefe, Alan Thompson, Eoin Waldron and Gerry Whelan.
  • ESB Telecoms - Mick Harkin and Darragh Mulligan.
  • ESB Power Generation - Damian Byrne, Ciaran Fitzgerald, Kiernan Kennedy and Bernadine Moloney.

High spirits despite early start
It was an early start for everyone on Sunday 09 August in order to arrive at Dublin airport for the 06:30 flight to London Heathrow. Despite some weary volunteers, who had travelled from all parts of the country to make the journey, spirits were high!

Name badges and the last supper
New friendships were quickly formed, however remembering names was proving a challenge, so the team have already planned a simple strategy of planting name badges on hardhats when the work begins in Teshie.

After a four hour stop-over in London and a group meal affectionately named “The Last Supper” (in a wet country!), the volunteers departed on the seven hour journey to Accra.

Warm welcome at airport by ESB staff already on-site
After a safe flight and with all luggage in tow, Brian Cronly, Brendan O'Connor and Martin O'Brien, who have been on site since last Wednesday, greeted the team at Accra airport. Yooku Sampson, Resident architect on the Teshie Project, was also there with a warm welcome.

Latest reports are that all volunteers were looking forward to getting out on-site first thing this morning to start work and most importantly, to meet the children who will make this all so worthwhile.

A report by Sharyn McMenamin, ICT Group

  A photo of the Teshie Volunteers
Pictured are:
  • Corporate Centre - Luke Shinnors
  • ICT - Vinnie Heffernan, Charlie Horkan, Sharyn McMenamin, Allison Morris, Maurice O'Connor and Niall Roche.
  • ESB International - Brian Cronly, Jim Dollard, Greg Dooley, Michael Fox, Margaret Hayden, Ivan McAuley, Majella McCarron, Nyree Moynan, Michael O'Connor and Anne Marie Twamley.
  • ESB Independent Energy - Joe Boyne
  • ESB Networks - Catherine Byrne, Susan Byrne, Evin Guing, James Harkin, David Kinghan, Ger Larkin, Ger McCarthy, Teresa McMorrow, Brendan O'Connor, Brigid O'Grady, Sinead O'Keefe, Alan Thompson, Eoin Waldron and Gerry Whelan.
  • ESB Telecoms - Mick Harkin and Darragh Mulligan.
  • ESB Power Generation - Damian Byrne, Ciaran Fitzgerald, Kiernan Kennedy and Bernadine Moloney.
 
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