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During their off-season break, Tim Mannah, Joseph Paulo, Mitch Allgood and Ben Smith have travelled to Cape Town, South Africa to do some community work and put some smiles on people's faces. Tim has decided to keep a travel diary with what he and the boys have been doing over there.

Day 1

After a long day of flying we had our first proper day in Cape Town, and we went straight to work at the brick-making project in Mitchell's Plain.

Mitchell's Plain is an area that has an unemployment rate of over 80 percent, and this Brick-Making Project was introduced to create job opportunities for underprivileged youths, and people formerly involved in gang activity.

The bricks are used to build shelters for elderly women or sold in the market place at a cheap price so the local community can buy them. It also creates an income for the less fortunate.

Ray from Sanity Australia was generous enough to donate a brick-making machine which we were able to see first hand and appreciate the physical labour thats involved in making of bricks

It took us a long time (two hours and nine failed attempts!) to get the hang of it, and we left with a real appreciation for the work thats involved.

A huge thanks to Ray for his generosity in making this project possible.
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