Continuing our blog from the IRFU Charitable Trust ‘Walk With Lions’ trip, we find out what the crew have been up to since the heartbreaking second Test defeat to South Africa.
The IRFU Charitable Trust supports seriously injured players. ‘Walking With Lions’ is one of the major sources of fundraising revenue in 2009.
Led by former Ireland international Mick Quinn, the crew have been in South Africa since just before the second Test.
Our blogger brings us up to date…
Sunday, June 28 –
Day off! Many of the party took the opportunity to take in the sites and went on Red Bus tour all around Cape Town.
This included taking in the cable car to the famous Table Mountain. We all agreed it lived up to the billing. Spectacular!
The weather continues to be great…warm and sunny during the day but it really cools down once the sun goes down – like a nice Irish spring according to some!
Monday, June 29 –
We had the second leg of the walk to day from Camps Bay all along the coast back to Cape Town.
It is mostly flat with fabulous views all along the way which makes the walking that bit easier. The walk was completed without too many blisters and all agreed it was a great location.
There is a great deal of interest being shown in our ‘Walking With Lions’ trip with South African and Lions fans showing a high level of interest in the trip and the work of the Charitable Trust which is ultimately what this is all about.
Tuesday, June 30 –
A free day to recover from the rigours of the walk (ahem).
The party split into groups to take on different activities.
Taking Jamie Heaslip’s advice, one group went cage diving with great white sharks, while another took the more leisurely option of a scenic tour around the Cape of Good Hope.
Another group headed of to Mfuleni Township to assist the Niall Mellon Trust with some building work!
It was a great experience and we met many wonderful people as we worked on three houses.
We also got to see a completed house being handed over to a family and visit a lady living in the shacks who looks after orphan children and children whose parents cannot look after them.
Dinner that night was a lively affair with each of the groups having had an amazing day in this country of contrasts.
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