Tash McKee is raising money to travel to Africa to help build an orphanage for needy kids and has the chance to mee the two children she sponsors.
Tash McKee is raising money to travel to Africa to help build an orphanage for needy kids and has the chance to mee the two children she sponsors. Allan Reinikka

Tash's sights set on African orphans

A MEDICAL ward is a far cry from a building site.

And Rockhampton is nothing like an African city.

But nurse Tash McKee will trade a needle for a hammer when she travels to Kampala in Uganda, Africa, to help build an orphanage for needy children.

The 23-year-old, a nurse at the city's Mater Hospital, will spend two weeks bricklaying and hammering nails to put a roof over the children's heads, which has been a “massive” dream for her.

As someone who has never been overseas or built a house, Tash said she knew she was in for a bit of a shock.

“I started nursing in 2003 because I wanted to do volunteer nursing overseas,” she said.

“I want to get enough experience so I can go over there and vaccinate the children and help in hospitals.”

Tash is also hoping to visit the two African children she has sponsored for the past two years.

She said she just wanted to cuddle them and make sure they were healthy and safe.

“I don't know how many cuddles these kids have had in their lifetime but I'm going to give them tonnes.”

Chatting to a lady next to her on a plane was how Tash got involved in the project.

“She showed me photographs and said her next project was an orphanage and asked if I would like to help.”

Tash will travel with a group of people from the Baptist Church and is raffling a 2009 Holden Barina to raise money to buy tools and materials for the trip.

To donate or to purchase a ticket in the raffle are $50 contact Tash on 0422 064 443.



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