A teenager from Belfast is laying firm foundations for the future as he prepares to fly out to Brazil to help build houses in deprived areas.
Darragh O'Cluasaigh (18), the head boy at Coláiste Feirste on the Falls Road, will be heading off on July 11 to build houses in one of the poorest areas of the South American country with volunteer group SERVE.
The youngster will travel to Parnaiba in Piaui, the poorest state in Brazil, in a group of 19 led by Diarmaid ua Bruadair, a history teacher at his school.
Darragh, who has already taken part in a number of fundraising exercises, has collected almost £2,000 including £900 for completing the Belfast Marathon last month.
Beyond the bricks and mortar, the group will be given free time to visit the beach and will have a chance to travel around the region.
But it's first things first for the teenager and he will be lifting books before bricks to study for his two remaining A-level exams.
Darragh added: “Only after I get these exams over will it hit me that I'm going to Brazil.”