Island community rallies round to help Nepal

Those who organised the fundraising event held in Uig
Those who organised the fundraising event held in Uig

Following the devastating earthquake experienced recently in Nepal, local communities in the Western Isles have come together to raise funds to help those affected.

In Tong last Friday, a takeaway curry night was organised by a local Nepalese chef and his family and friends. Deepak Gurung, who is originally from Pokhara, Nepal and now lives in Tong, said: “Fortunately all my family in Nepal are safe, but seeing the devastation back home and feeling so helpless, we decided we needed to do something to try and help.”

Organisers would like to thank the local suppliers who donated generously to the event:

The event raised a staggering £3126.30.

Uig community also stepped up to help support the appeal on Saturday night. Janet Macleod said: “Basically, we ran out of food after 40 minutes, served over 70 meals and made a staggering £1200! We would like to thank everyone who helped prepare and serve food, donated or in any other way supported this venture.”

Donations to the Western Isles fund also came through from Uist. The UCVO Thrift Shop in Benbecula kindly contributed all of last weeks’ takings of £395.55 towards the fund.

The organisers worked together with Third Sector Hebrides to promote and publicise their events and would encourage other communities to get in touch with them should they wish to organise an event.

It is anticipated that the Western Isles fund will close at the end of May when all funds will be directly donated to the DEC (Disaster Emergency Committee) who co-ordinate and deliver on the ground aid relief.

You can contact Third Sector Hebrides by emailing: enquiries@tshebrides.org.uk.