The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire)

Club’s grand donation for Nepal

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A Rotary club has raised nearly £1,000 for a charity that improves education for children in Nepal.

Hundreds of thousands of children in rural Nepal sit in broken and bare classrooms, but First Steps Himalaya is working to change that and train up teachers.

Scottish Rotary clubs have been involved with the charity since 2010.

Ythan Valley Rotary Club got involved more recently, but has already raised hundreds of pounds for First Steps Himalaya and disaster relief charity Shelterbox.

Spokeswoma­n Hilary Gordon said: “Ythan Valley was very pleased to co-ordinate the donations from local Rotarians and clubs to send to this deserving project.

“As a former teacher, I recognise the value of good-quality education and have witnessed the transforma­tion in Nepal.”

Fionna Heiton, founding director of First Steps Himalaya, said: “The support from the Rotary clubs that contribute­d means we are able to continue our vital work in rural Nepal.”

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