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New Article in AFLOAT.ie

Our ongoing work with the Ballyholme Insect class dinghy, "MOTH", appears this week in Ireland's Sailing, Boating and Maritime Magazine, AFLOAT.IE

"Now it is with Silvery Light Sailing, based in a workshop in Newry, Co Down. There Moth is undergoing restoration by Project Manager Pat Conway and shipwright Ricky le Bloas with a team of volunteers from Tools for Solidarity, [...] Their time with Silvery Light gives them skills in woodworking. The project is funded by the National Heritage Fund. Pat says that his purpose is to get Moth back in the water - restoration, not preservation."

The workshop pictured includes volunteers from the group, TOOLS FOR SOLIDARITY


Tools For Solidarity is a not-for-profit organisation in Belfast. Their work is fully run by international, local and supported volunteers, with the main focus of their charity being to support artisans in the poorest parts of the world - mostly in the countries of Africa.

From their Belfast workshop, their work includes:

  • Refurbishing and fixing sewing machines, tools and treadles

  • Fixing knitting machines, leather working machines, industrial machines and over-lockers

  • Building wooden boxes to store sewing machines and tools

  • Sort out materials, wool and sewing machines attachments

This act of solidarity on the part of their volunteers, is to enable artisans with fewer resources to become more self-reliant and have more hope for the future.


You can find out more about the work they do, including how you can get involved here:




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