Willie Young writes: Three years ago a party of intrepid individuals flew out to Nepal en route to Everest Base Camp. The group, from Glasgow, were also intent on raising funds for Who Cares? Scotland – a charity working with children and young people – and also for Community Action Nepal.
The trip was a great success, ably led by one of CAN’s trustees, Jeff Frew, and everyone brought back enduring memories of the Nepalese people and their delightful children.
Fast forward three years to when the news broke of the earthquake and the appalling consequences when it will come as no surprise that fund raising was uppermost in the groups’ minds.
What happened next was the astonishing speed with which an event was put together to take place on Friday 15th May – just over a fortnight after the appalling disaster – when over 200 friends and supporters gathered in Bellshill (courtesy of the Salvation Army to whom sincere thanks are sent for their hospitality) for an evening of entertainment.
Kirsten Whitefield, a vocal student at the Royal Scottish Conservatoire was accompanied on guitar by Cameron Young; a series of poetic and verse readings – some written specially for the event – was made and Jeff gave two highly interesting and informative presentations on Nepal and the work CAN is undertaking. Feedback suggested this was an extremely interesting part of the evening as it reflected current work in the earthquake hit regions.
And it seems that no event in Glasgow can end without refreshment! This provided further opportunity to continue the discussion on the work of the charities – a big thank you to all providers for the delicious spread.
The confidence and respect in which CAN is held has meant that further fund raising activities may follow in the near future.
With sincere thanks to all involved who made the event such a success and with apologies from CAN that this report has taken such a long time to post – it’s a good job fund raising doesn’t take half so long!Go Back