Fundraiser for victims of Nepal earthquake

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A special fundraising event is being held at The Balmore Coach House on Sunday, June 14, to help the victims of the Nepal earthquake.

Following the recent devastating earthquakes in Nepal, the Balmore Trust, in collaboration with the Nepal Trust, is hosting the charity day at the Coach House shop and tearoom on Old Balmore Road from 10.30am to 5pm.

The shop will also be open for sales of fair-trade foods, crafts, books and accessories.

The Nepal Trust is an all-volunteer charity based in Bearsden which has operated a primary healthcare programme in Nepal for almost 20 years.

Kay Perkins, volunteer fundraiser for the Nepal Trust, said: “The main area of our operation is the very poor, remote north west corner of Nepal which, thankfully, has not been badly affected by the earthquakes.

“In the present emergency our team in Kathmandu, led by the trust’s manager in Nepal, Jeroen, has been offering hands-on humanitarian aid in the remote Sipapokhare district some 80km north of Kathmandu and the Kunchowk district, where some villages are 10km from the nearest road.

“Many people have died there and whole villages have disappeared in total devastation.”

In order to avoid the chaos of Kathmandu Airport, which was forced to close to large planes after its runway sustained damage from the influx of flights delivering aid, the trust has sourced tents, tarpaulins, food supplies and clothes from India and they have been distributed by local village people who best understand where the greatest need lies.

Specific projects and programmes have also been identified for the long-term support of the people in the poorest and most remote areas hardest hit by the earthquake.

Kay added: “Further funds are desperately needed and we hope local people will lend their support at the Coach House. Every pound raised will be spent in devastated areas of Nepal.”