Relief for victims of Nepal disaster

PHILANTHROPIC pupils at Brookwood Primary School held a fundraising event to aid Nepal’s many victims.

With half a dozen pupils being Nepalese, there was plenty of incentive for the school’s initiative to help Nepal get back on its feet after the South Asian nation was devastated by a second major quake in the space of a couple of weeks.

LAYING DOWN THE LOOT – young students line up their coins
LAYING DOWN THE LOOT – young students line up their coins

Headteacher Jo Green explained: “This is particularly relevant for us because six of our children are Nepalese and have fathers serving in the British Army base at Pirbright Barracks.”

In fact 40 per cent of Brookwood pupils are from families who have one or more parents in the Armed Forces, and the school has a long-held affinity with the Ghurka community.

For a Coin Race, the children brought in handfuls of spare change and laid it in lines along the school hall floor. In fact, they collected so much that the lines stretched to 100 metres in total, and went three times around the floor space in the hall – raising a total of £300 for the Nepal Earthquake Appeal.

Mrs Green said that kindhearted generosity is a hallmark of the school. She added: “Brookwood families are always very generous in supporting charities through our special events.

“When we heard about the earthquakes, we immediately thought of the extended families of our Nepali children. Thankfully, their relatives are safe, but their homes and lives have been drastically affected.”

“It is very kind of everyone to think of us,” said mum Mrs Rai, who has two Nepalese children at Brookwood: Dishkant and Diwan Rai have aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents living in Nepal.
Eight-year-old Dishkant said: “My family are all safe, but we are very worried about them.”

Year 6 pupil Diwan added: “£300 is a lot of money and will help people in Nepal.”

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