Sinn Féin West Belfast MP Gerry Adams today accepted a cheque for £1300 from St. Bernadette's Primary school in Ballymurphy for the 'Love of Christ Ministries' which runs a hostel for abandoned babies in South Africa.
Gerry Adams visited the orphanage last October on a state visit to South Africa. It was an emotional and uplifting experience. The hostel, which is an old farm outside of Johannesburg, houses some 66 children at least 50 of whom are babies, some suffering from HIV/Aids.
In the course of the visit Mr. Adams held babies as young as 10 days old who had been abandoned and saved by the orphanage. A team of up to 16 volunteer workers from around the world help look after the children.
It is a mammoth undertaking which also includes the running of a small school. In the several hours he spent there it was clear that all of the children were very happy and well cared for.
On his return to Ireland the Sinn Féin west Belfast MP organised an effort to raise funds for the orphanage and several months ago almost £7,000 was sent.
Speaking at the event in the school at which the children handed over the cheque Mr. Adams said:
"I want to thank St. Bernadette's, the teachers, parents but especially the children who worked hard to raise this money. St. Bernadette's succeeded in raising the most money of any school in the west of the City. " ENDS