Mayo man and active Pioneer Muredach Tuffy recently returned from South Africa where he was building homes for – and links with – the people of South Africa. Muredach, a volunteer with the Niall Mellon Township Trust, was one of the 950 volunteers on the November 2009 Building Blitz. While there, he held a meeting with South African members from the global Pioneer network and was warmly welcomed. “The Pioneer Association may have been founded in Ireland but the Pioneers are now a vibrant world-wide organisation. It’s really important that each country continues to make efforts and reach out beyond their own Pioneer centre and country to keep their links with other countries alive.” Muredach plans to return next year to foster the ongoing connections between the Pioneer groups of Ireland and South Africa.