The Benalla Leos club have donated $625 to help with the cost of education for five Nepalese students.
Leos president Keeley Marshall said the club decided to support this cause after meeting Ray Gallagher, who had visited the school in Nepal.
‘‘The Benalla Leos Club usually raises money through the community, doing things like holding a barbecue at Coles or Woolworths and taking donations,’’ Keeley said.
‘‘Sometimes we will hold a fundraiser for a specific cause, but in this instance we donated money we had already raised.
‘‘So we took out $625 and gave it to Mr Gallagher to donate to the school, as we thought it was a good cause.
‘‘And we felt it was a very important cause, as we would want help if we were in their position.
‘‘Ray was telling us about how little they make from their jobs. We couldn’t imagine if we had to live off that.
‘‘And for them to also face dealing with an earthquake, they’d have nothing and how are you supposed to rebuild from that?’’
Mr Gallagher has visited the region several times and decided to help after visiting the school, which had sustained severe damage.
‘‘My wife and I went for a trek and we were really touched by the people of Nepal,’’ Mr Gallagher said.
‘‘They were people that we really wanted to do something for. Most are on less than 50c a day and many can’t afford to go to school.
‘‘On top of that they look after the families and have important roles to play with the family crops.
‘‘Incredibly they are a really happy contented people who see the upbeat and positive in everything despite the disaster that happened.’’
Some rebuilding of the school has already taken place, but where they struggle is with teacher resources, such as stationary.
The money will be targeted at five students with $125 going towards school fees, stationary and uniforms for each.
The Gallaghers will take the money with them on a trip to the school this month, where it will be presented.
‘‘We are planning a trip next year as well, so it will be nice to see how the money has been spent, and how it has helped,’’ Mr Gallagher said.
Helping hand: The Benalla Leo’s, whose fundraising efforts will support the education of five Nepalese children, and Ray Gallagher.