Man’s jour­ney to re­build lives in Nepal

Halifax Courier - - Business - By Felic­ity Macna­mara

A self­less man will give up his life in Hal­i­fax and move to Nepal to help re­build the coun­try af­ter its dev­as­tat­ing earth­quake in April. Doug Crabtree, 28, of Skir­coat Green, has bought a one-way flight to Nepal and will work in re­mote ar­eas of Nepal, as­sist­ing those still des­per­ate for help.

He will em­bark on the jour­ney in Oc­to­ber and will work with the Man­dala Or­gan­i­sa­tion while there.

Thou­sands of peo­ple were killed and in­jured in the 7.8-mag­ni­tude earth­quake that hit Nepal’s cap­i­tal Kathmandu and its sur­round­ing ar­eas on April 25.

Among the worst-hit dis­tricts was Sind­hu­pal­chok where more than 2,000 died.

“Af­ter see­ing the dev­as­ta­tion caused by the earth­quake in April I just wanted to get out there and help, us­ing my skills to ac­tu­ally make a dif­fer­ence,” the self-em­ployed joiner and builder said.

“So in June I booked a one way flight leav­ing the 27th Oc- to­ber. I cur­rently have no idea how long I will stay there, but I plan on do­ing as much hu­man­i­tar­ian and en­vi­ron­men­tal con­ser­va­tion work as I can for the fore­see­able fu­ture.”

Doug’s trip is en­tirely self funded and he plans to com­plete a spon­sored Black­pool to Scar­bor­ough coast to coast ride on Oc­to­ber 17 to help him on his way.

He added: “One of my fa­vorite hob­bies is cy­cling, I go on at least one 400mile ride a week. One of my long time goals has been to do the Black­pool to Scar­bor­ough coast to coast ride, so I thought I could com­bine this chal­lenge with rais­ing aware­ness about how the peo­ple in Nepal, par­ticu- larly in the re­mote Hi­malayan ar­eas where I will be work­ing, are still des­per­ate for help.

“I have al­ready paid for flights and equip­ment and I am in the process of selling my as­sets to fund my stay in Nepal. The money will be a gift to the group when I ar­rive in Nepal and will be used by their pro­ject man­ager to pay for ma­te­ri­als and tools for use in the re­build­ing ef­fort.”

Doug has raised £580 so far and has re­ceived sup­port from Hal­i­fax busi­nesses Tag Tool Hire and York­shire Tim­ber Mer­chants.

To do­nate to Doug’s jour­ney, visit www.crowd­fund­ing.just­giv­ing.com/dou­glas-crabtree-1

Doug (cen­tre) with those who have sup­ported his plight

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