A huge THANK YOU to the residents of Larkfield Estate, Ballyowen and Bewley, who generously gave to the carol singers who sang in your estates on Sunday 17th December. We raised €1,200 to give to Focus Ireland.
Thank you too, to the musicians, singers, and to Nora Neville who organised the event.
Happy New Year
Nagarhope ---Tour de Nepal
All is going well for our four brave cyclists. Conditions are far from easy. Doc, Arjun M and Arjun S are used to roughing it, sleeping on very hard wooden bases and sometimes even on cold concrete floors. But poor Lenny, used to Irish comforts must be struggling---fair dues to him. See some great photos on Nagarhope’s facebook page.
On You- Tube, you can watch Doc, with his wife Divya and the two kids, being interviewed before the cycle ---it is all in Nepalese!! It has already had 53000 viewers. People along the route have stopped him, recognising him from the interview. In their stop-over yesterday, the local cycle/ motorcycle club were astonished to find out that the “foreigner” Doc was the guide of the group and that he was a fluent Nepali speaker though with a Dublin accent!!
Today (Wednesday), they have reached the halfway stage. Their motto in the first week was “make or break” time so thankfully, they have gotten over that unscathed.
Weather has been reasonably kind---cold, misty and damp for the first few days when they were off road. It is now sunny and dry and they are on highway at the moment, averaging 15kmph. Yesterday, they had a difficult 8km uphill start and will have the same tomorrow.
The fundraising cycle is to build a six classroom Primary block for Nagarhope Basic School. This advancement to our existing preschool building will allow the kids who have been in our preschool to continue their education in their local environment. I use the word “local” loosely as some of these kids walk anything up to 2 hours each way to get there through rough terrain. This education will have a huge influence on their future lives and indeed the future of their families.
Plans for our corresponding local event are taking shape. Thanks to Lucan SuperValu for facilitating our “SPINATHON” on February 10th and to Ray Barnes for liaising with them. More details of this event will follow next week.
If you can help in any way---spinning, collecting, taking a sponsorship card ---contact Niamh 087-0666891 or Tadhg 087-9225103.
If you wish to make a donation to this worthy cause , you can do so directly to 191 Beech Park .
Alternatively, you can donate online through the following links