Joining forces to help earth-quake victims

From left; Stewart McGlynn ( Carnoustie  Rotary past Presedent), Siri Gurung, Barbara Lovegrove, Yuba Gurung, George Aitken (Presedent Kirriemuir Rotary).
From left; Stewart McGlynn ( Carnoustie Rotary past Presedent), Siri Gurung, Barbara Lovegrove, Yuba Gurung, George Aitken (Presedent Kirriemuir Rotary).

Kirriemuir Rotary Club’s efforts to help those affected by the earthquakes in Nepal was highlighted last week.

Club President George Aitken welcomed Rotarians from Blairgowrie, Carnoustie, Cupar, Forfar and Laurencekirk, with a special welcome for President Yuba Durung and Secretary Siri Durung from the Rotary Club of the Himalayan Gurkhas.

The Himalayan Gurkhas are the managing partners in Nepal overseeing Kirrie Rotary’s nominated project to rebuild and refurbish a secondary school serving a wide area in a remote district of Nepal.

Siri gave an illustrated talk and answered questions about Rotary in Nepal and the devastation caused by the two earthquakes in April and May last year - the worst experienced in the last 80 years. The devastation is extensive and will take a long time to be repaired.

The Kirriemuir Rotarians responded when Barbara Lovegrove, the international convenor at that time, contacted the Rotary Club of the Himalayan Gurkhas to find out what they could do to help.

Although now living in Kathmandu, the Gurkhas originate from the remote areas in the foothill of the Himalayas. Each Gurkha has gone back to his home area to assess the needs of these communities. They identify a need and prepare plans and estimate the materials required and cost the project to satisfy Government standards for these earthquake regions.

The sum of £17,000 was raised for the school rebuild and refurbishment, through the generous contributions from local people, the rotary clubs of Cupar, Pitlochry, Carse of Stirling and Orkney, plus a Rotary District grant and a further grant from The Rotary Donations Trust.

Elaine Whittet, this year’s international convenor, is keen to expand this project and undertake the funding of another school rebuild and refurbishment. To this end, a cream tea is being held in the Town Hall on Saturday (August 13) from 10 am to 12 pm, followed by a concert in the evening, again in the Town Hall. Ryan Kopel from Kirriemuir will headline the concert and will be joined by fellow students from various musical theatre colleges in London. Concert tickets from The Flower Shop, The Wee Roods or phone 07850 384700.