Birkdale Raises over £100k to support Nepal Earthquake victims
- Published: Monday, 16 November 2015 09:50
Birkdale School, in conjunction with city-wide and regional partners has now raised in excess of £100,000 to support Nepal earthquake victims.
The earthquake, which struck with devastating effect on 25 April 2015, killed over 9,000 people and injured a further 23,000. Registering 7.8 magnitude on the richter scale the earthquake left a trail of destruction across what is one of the world’s poorest countries.
Birkdale School, who has been supporting the Peace Garden School and other Nepalese charitable entities since 2000, immediately put plans in place to assist.
Now some 6 months after the earthquake fundraising is still going strong. A team of partner organisations including Rishworth School, Ewell Castle School, Sheffield Girls High School, Mansfield Bronte School, St Andrews Church, Greenhill Methodist Church and others have pooled their efforts in order to maximise and focus the amounts raised.
Keith Brook MBE has been running trips from Birkdale School for the last 15 years commented: “This was such a devastating earthquake we all wanted to make sure we did everything we could to help. A network of both present and past pupils, together with teachers and pupils who have visited Nepal over many years was quickly established – thanks to a wide range of events we are overjoyed to know in excess of £100,000 has been raised. This is a simply outstanding achievement”.
Some £40,000 of monies raised have to date been released with Birkdale School using their personal networks on the ground in Nepal to make sure every penny gets to a good cause. Currently £27,000 has been allocated for rebuilding work at the Atisha Tibetan Centre in Kathmandu. This centre not only provides a refuge for Tibetans who have been forced to flee their own country but also helps these stateless people find employment within various small business enterprises such as the hand woven rug factory.
Mr Brook continued: “In order to raise money we have I suppose used what could be called all the normal fundraising approaches. For example we had a simply fantastic concert in Dronfield recently – our ‘One Last Show’, which as the title suggests keeps coming back! We will turn our hand to anything new as well – I am particularly grateful to William Howard an old pupil from Birkdale who is the Landlord of the Lazy Trout in Meerbrook near Leek. Will has worked with a local brewery to bring forward Nepal Charity Beer – with every penny raised from the sale of this local ale going towards our fundraising effort. What a simply fantastic way to raise money for Nepal – a lovely pint of beer!”
Damage at the Tibetan Centre