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Kind-hearted Omagh man hosting Open Garden days to raise more funds for ongoing school project in Kenya

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Kind-hearted Omagh man hosting Open Garden days to raise more funds for ongoing school project in Kenya thumbnailOmagh man, Noel C Moore, pictured in his beautiful, four-year-old herbaceous garden, which will be open to the public this Saturday and Sunday to raise funds for Bustani Primary School in Kenya

A GENEROUS and kind-hearted teacher is opening his garden, which is located at 42 Retreat Heights, Omagh, to the public this Saturday and Sunday in order to raise funds for a cause very close to his heart.

Noel C Moore, who is a teacher at Castlederg High School, has been donating much of his spare time over the last number of years to re-building Bustani Primary School in Kenya in the hopes of giving the children who attend a better life.

For his last visit to Kenya in 2014, Noel raised a total of 27,000 which managed to build six new classrooms, a water tank holding 80,000 litres, two new female staff toilets, two new male staff toilets, a roundabout in the centre of the school compound, a veranda at the front of the school administration building, new entrance gates, one acre of fenced land with over 100 fruit trees planted, 400 new reading books for the library and painting of doors and windows.

For his next visit, which he is hoping will come to fruition within the next year or two, Noel is hoping to raise a total of 30,000 to re-build the school's nursery unit, a community hall and introduce a lunch programme.

Since 2014, Noel has managed to raise 21,000 so far and is hoping that opening his beautiful, four-year-old herbaceous garden to the public this weekend will be a welcome boost to funds.

There will be lots of plants for sale, bags of compost, bark and organic manure. Meanwhile, also present will be a garden specialist, who will be attending on both days to answer questions and admission is by donation.

Speaking about the open garden event Noel said: "Last year over 3,000 was raised which is almost enough for a classroom. We had approximately 250 visitors and it would be great to improve on that this year. People have been complimentary towards the garden which is lovely to hear. I have done a lot of additional planting.

"I have currently raised 21,000 and my target is 30,000. For my next visit I want to rebuild the nursery and build a community hall so that it can be used by the school but also rent it out to create a source of income. My ultimate goal is to provide a lunch programme because school starts at 7am and finishes at 4pm and some children don't have anything to eat during that time.

"I wouldn't be able to do the work I do without the support of the community here and I really appreciate that. It doesn't matter how much you give, it's the sentiment behind it and every little helps because it all adds up."

Noel's garden will open on Saturday from midday until 6pm and on Sunday from 2pm until 6pm. The directions to Noel's house are as follows: take the Cookstown Road out of Omagh, travel to the mini- roundabout and go straight on, take the third road (Ballinamullin Road) on right, proceed to Retreat Heights on left. Drive into the development, take a left turn and 42 is the fourth house on the right sitting on the corner.

There will be signs coming into the development, but if you have any queries you can contact Noel on: 07803300776.

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