John Murphy - Contributions that will not be forgotten

John Murphy - Contributions that will not be forgotten

 

In September 2009 the Hampton Piggs Peak Partnership lost one of its greatest proponents when John Murphy died unexpectedly. John’s contribution to our mission was irreplaceable and we still miss him a great deal. John and Ross Henderson’s visit to Piggs Peak a few years ago provided lasting benefits to the partnership by discovering problems, devising solutions, and developing long-term relationships. One of the more tangible contributions John and Ross made was painting school buildings at Fundukuwela High School. But possibly the most poignant testimony to the partnership between our communities was John’s artistry on the side of one of the small buildings. The painting depicts John’s vision of two towns partnered across different continents, spanning differing climates, and joining different cultures.

 

 This past January, head teacher Phillip Simelane presided over a ceremony at Fundukuwela High School in which this building was dedicated as the “John Murphy Building” and a plaque was placed on the building bearing John’s name. The growing relationship between Hampton and Piggs Peak is now commemorated at Fundukuwela both by the John Murphy Building and the Tyler Henderson Library. These are but a couple examples of Hampton’s lasting impression in Piggs Peak. John Lovett’s message from Piggs Peak tells us John Murphy’s painting “will remain as one part of his legacy. In less tangible but just as important ways, he left a greater legacy with his mark on the hearts and in the minds of many of my Swazi friends. A big part of John stays with us”.

 

Another one of John’s many lasting marks on the Partnership is a picture he took while in Piggs Peak that is prominently displayed on the front page of our new and improved website. Check it out if you can at www.hamptonpiggspeak.ca . We are very proud of it! Our thanks go out to Hampton’s own Sherri Levesque who volunteered her considerable talents to lead the design of this incredible new site. Thanks also go out to our committee member, Carl MacKenzie, who brought his many skills (including technical) to the project. Along with some impressive graphics, you will find a summary of projects and programs, news and current events, and the ability to drill down into a number of different areas. You will also see a photo gallery and can link to our Starfish program website by clicking on the Starfish logo (designed by Sue Hooper).

 

 

The Starfish site should provide answers to any questions you may have about sponsoring a student as well as information on the students currently being sponsored by the people of Hampton. (Although we have had a good response to date, we are still looking for more Starfish sponsors!!) You can also make a donation through either of these sites. They will be updated regularly so be sure to pay them a click-visit from time to time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Murphy - Contributions that will not be forgotten