Cy­cle gifts de­light tsunami or­phans

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

CHIL­DREN who are liv­ing in poverty and with­out par­ents fol­low­ing the tsunami have been given bikes by an Ash­ford-based char­ity.

The UK Friends of Galle char­ity, run by Devsiri He­wavi­dana, do­nated bikes to two young­sters in the vil­lage who have been walk­ing four miles to school be­cause they could not af­ford the bus fare.

Mr He­wavi­dana said: “The chil­dren were over­whelmed and wept with joy af­ter re­ceiv­ing the bikes.

“I am sur­prised and de­lighted that a mere £20 do­na­tion could buy a new bike in Sri Lanka which may cost £140 in UK.

“We are very grate­ful to peo­ple who re­mem­ber that vic­tims of this ter­ri­ble tsunami still need help.”

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