Crathes event will pay for medicine, books and food

AN OPEN house event was held in Crathes last week to raise money for an impoverished Nepalese community.

The event at Stromwood raised 520 for the Helambu Project, which was set up in 2008 to support the Sherpa people in Helambu, Nepal.

Banchory doctor Mike Steven, who is spearheading the Helambu Project, wanted to thank everyone who made the event possible.

He said: "It was a really enjoyable day and it was heartening to see so many people come along - thanks goodness there were lots of seats! I think I can speak on behalf of all of those who attended by saying that we had a really enjoyable time and it was uplifting to see such a wide group of people come together - there were plenty of laughs! Of course, the day was only made possible thanks to the hard work put in by several key individuals, both before and on the day, and I'd like to extend my thanks to all of those people who helped out."

The Helambu Project has helped fund the construction of a boarding school which is now home to 110 children. The group hopes to help the school achieve its goal of becoming self-sufficient within three years.

Dr Steven added: "Overall an incredible 520 was raised at Stromwood for the Helambu Project which is a fantastic boost for us at the moment. With the monsoon season imminent, the boarding school will soon be inaccessible for several weeks as the mountain paths that lead up to the school become washed away with the rain. It is therefore crucial that we get additional supplies of food, medicine and books up to the children as quickly as possible. The money raised at the open day will go a long way in enabling this."

Anybody who would like to support the work of the Helambu Project or would like to volunteer to visit the region can contact Dr Mike Steven at Banchory Surgery or visit www.helambuproject.org for more information.