September 13, 2012
A gala ball has raised $1500 toward the Fair Tradie Project which builds house for orphaned children overseas.
The annual Fair Tradie Project ball held recently in South Perth will help fund materials for the group’s latest trip to Uganda – slated for October.
The project takes Australian tradespeople to all parts of the world to build houses for orphaned children.
Project founder Luke Ray said the ball was a great opportunity to raise money and awareness.
“All the funds are going towards the building supplies for the projects we are doing in October, getting the materials and all the ground work done,” Mr Ray said.
“This year we will be doing a fourth and possibly a fifth house.
“At another location we will be doing a community project, either a classroom or something more community based.”
Mr Ray started up the project in 2009 after a trip to Uganda with his wife.
The trip was life changing because, ever since, he has been recruiting men and women to help build houses abroad.
“Once I got there I realised I was in a position to do something and being in the trade industry it just made sense and it just all clicked together that I could do something with what I have,” he said.
A team of students – Sina Bie, Georgia Gunther and Venus D’Scarlett (pictured) – helped arrange the ball.
Ms Gunther said the ball had opened her eyes to how kind people can be.
“I’ve just learnt so much and I have a greater appreciation for what I have,” she said.
“In their orphanage [in Uganda] at the moment it’s just a compound where they can’t see the outside world, that’s why this cause is so good.”
Ball attendee, Jennifer Coote, said she became interested in the Fair Tradie project after going to Nairobi in 2011.
“… It was a shock and it was so upsetting seeing people living in huts made of straw, rather than [in] houses,” Ms Coote said.
The charity aims to build 10 houses in Uganda in the coming years.