Methlick fundraisers host Nepal meeting

Hilary Gordon, left, and Evelyn Cook will host the Nepal meeting in Methlick Parish Church.
Hilary Gordon, left, and Evelyn Cook will host the Nepal meeting in Methlick Parish Church.

It is being organised by two local women who have helped to raise thousands of pounds for the stricken country through charitable events.

Many local people have been deeply touched by events in Nepal

Evelyn Cook Fundraiser

Evelyn Cook and Hilary Gordon will brief people in Methlick Parish Church on how aid is being administered following the devastating earthquakes.

Hilary, a member of Ellon Rotary Club, has been heavily involved in local fundraising for quake victims.

A year ago, along with other educational specialists, the retired head teacher visited Nepal to fund a vocational training scheme.

Her team trained teachers to work in Sindhupalchock, one of the areas worst affected by the disaster.

Hilary has been working closely with First Steps Himalaya (FSH), which runs school support projects in rural Nepal.

She said efforts were under way through Rotary District and Rotary International for grants to help get schools up and running and support teacher training and vehicle maintenance.

Hilary added: “It is very important to get children back to school. I’m hoping the outside world realises how poor Nepal is and how much it is in need of help.”

FSH is focusing on a rebuilding programme which would make buildings earthquake-proof. A training centre completed before the quake struck survived intact.

Evelyn has been a leading local fundraiser over many years for projects in Nepal and Malawi. Last year she held her annual Methlick Bike Ride in aid of a child and maternal health development in Nepal’s Dang district.

She said: “Many local people have been deeply touched by events in Nepal.

“We will be giving an update on work being done, supported by local Rotarians, to assist in the relief effort.

“We are hoping that people will come along and hear about what is being done in Nepal.”

The meeting in the church will be at 7pm.

Entry is free but donations will be welcome which will go the Nepal Earthquake Appeal.