Bar­be­cue marks ef­forts to help Nepalese chil­dren

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A bar­be­cue and danc­ing marked the hand­ing over of funds to sup­port school chil­dren in Nepal.

The Gurkha Peace Foun­da­tion (GPF) had pledged to pro­vide £2,000 for ed­u­ca­tion ini­tia­tives in the South Asian na­tion and cheques were handed over to officials at the group’s an­nual bar­be­cue on Sun­day.

A cheque for £1,000 was pre­sented to ex-ma­jor Deb Pun to pay for an English teacher at the Shree Shi­tol­pati Se­condary School, sit­u­ated in the moun­tain­ous district north of Baglung, which will ben­e­fit about 200 stu­dents from five vil­lages.

An ad­di­tional £500 was pro­vided for Shan­jhana Rai, a 14-year-old girl with no arms who writes with her toes.

GPF mem­bers met her on a trip to Nepal and said she was in­tel­li­gent and could speak and write in both Nepali and English.

Another £500 will go to 16-yearold Bal Ku­mar Rai whose fa­ther died when his son was a baby.

He has lim­ited use of his arms but loves learn­ing and gained top marks in his SLC ex­ams - equiv­a­lent to GCSEs.

Five hun­dred pounds will pay a teacher’s salary for a year and con­trib­ute to the up-keep of the school.

Both cheques were pre­sented to Purna Prasad Limbu, a for­mer Gurkha army cap­tain who now works as a wel­fare of­fi­cer in the Nepal, by foun­da­tion chair­man Brian Sta­ley at the event at St Fran­cis church hall in Cryol Road.

Foun­da­tion co­or­di­na­tor Prem Ba­hadur Limbu said: “Ev­ery­body had a good time and it was for a wor­thy cause.”

Pic­ture: Matt Bris­tow FM3332027/ FM3332022/ FM3332014

Gurkha Peace foun­da­tion’s an­nual bar­be­cue

Mayor of Ash­ford Cllr John Link re­ceives a cheque from Pierre Ed­monds, of Lon­don Beach Ho­tel

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