MEMBERS of Woking’s Nepalese community rallied round to raise funds and take part in a candlelit vigil in Jubilee Square on Saturday.
It marked one week since a devastating earthquake rocked Nepal and, supported by Woking Borough Council and Woking Shopping, people paid their respects to those who have lost their lives and loved ones.
The two-hour peace vigil began at 6pm with a Nepalese Buddhist Priest officiating proceedings.
Shoppers and visitors joined in the quiet reflection and remembrance for the victims of the natural disaster.
Throughout the weekend, community members from Nepal collected donations in the town, with all proceeds to be passed to the Nepalese Embassy’s relief fund. An incredible £6,159 was taken at the final count.
Master of Ceremonies at the vigil, Raj Chhetri, said: “On behalf of all the Nepalese in Woking, we’d like to express our heartfelt thanks to all who donated, and to the council for giving us permission.”
Chairman of the Woking Nepalese Community Service, Dharmarat Gurung, said: “There are no words that can describe the devastating impact this disaster has had on our community. We are deeply concerned for our friends, colleagues and loved ones, yet your thoughts and great generosity will bring us light at a dark time.”