Fair City star Aoibhin Garrihy is one of 18 Irish volunteers who will travel with the Lotus Child Charity to the Chaulgola Community south of Calcutta this Friday to help build a new resource centre.

The Buds to Blossoms Project 2011 will ensure that over 150 children receive an education in the resource centre each year, with the Chaulgola Community taking control of the centre when it is built, with ongoing support from the charity when needed

Commenting, Garrihy, who plays Neasa in the RTÉ drama, said: "As Ambassador for Lotus Child, I am delighted to travel to Kolkata with Lotus Child to participate in this very worthwhile project.

"This project will have a very real impact on the ground for this community.

"Thanks to the Buds to Blossoms Project, 150 children each year will secure an education that they would otherwise not have an opportunity to get."

For further information on Lotus Child, visit: www.lotuschild.ie.