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Nepal Earthquake

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Following the devastating earthquake in Nepal on 25th April 2015, we are very much aware that throughout Hampshire many children, families, members of staff in schools and communities may be affected and waiting to hear news of family and friends back home whilst dealing with uncertainty, anxiety, shock and bereavement.

Our thoughts are very much with these people as well as with all those in Nepal. Our Nepali phoneline, operates on a Friday afternoon during term-time, and is there for support and guidance.

Regarding the relief effort, Hampshire EMTAS in conjunction with the Sikh Community in Basingstoke, is holding a Nepali/Indian food sale at Dame Mary Fagan House on 18th May. The money we raise will be donated to the Disasters Emergency Committee.

Across the county, many schools are also involved in fund-raising activities:

  • At Harestock Primary in Winchester, they have had a red, white and blue day (the colours of the Nepalese flag) where pupils came into school dressed in these colours to raise money. The total raised was over £500.

  • Children at Otterbourne Church of England Primary School stayed on after lessons for an afternoon of entertainment on Friday 8 May. There were films, a quiz and a chance to win raffle prizes. Proceeds from the £5 a ticket event will go to the Disasters Emergency Committee, Nepal.

  • Fernhill Primary in Farnborough had a mufti day on 1st May in aid of the Nepalese earthquake appeal and raised £180 for the disaster fund. Headteacher Sue Masters said “some of the children in our school have family that are still living in Nepal who have lost their homes”.

  • Talavera Junior School in Aldershot held a mufti day on Friday 1st May 2015 and raised £513.64. The school council are working on other ideas of what they would like to do to raise further money.

  • In order to show their support to the Nepalese people in the face of the recent earthquake tragedy, students at The Wavell School in Farnborough have chosen to fundraise for the Rotary, who are already doing sterling work over there. This was kicked off last Friday on 1st May with a Charity Dress Code Day (CDCD). The chance to come to School in casual clothes for a day is always welcomed by the students and subsequently a fantastic total of £1,012.27 was raised from this event alone. This was followed by a very successful cake sale yesterday which raised a further £212.50 thanks to the generosity and baking skills of both staff and students! Further events are scheduled over the next few weeks such as “Beat the Keeper” football penalty competition and a “Basketball free throw” competition. For more information, check The Wavell School website.

  • Cove School students organised a fundraising day on Friday, 1st May. They had a non-uniform day, a (HUGE!!!) cake sale and a staff vs year 11 students Egg Heads quiz in the hall at lunchtime (which the students won!) All of this raised a total of £2069.08 which we have donated to the British Red Cross.

  • St Michael's CE Junior School in Aldershot is supporting the Nepalese earthquake appeal by raising money and publishing information on their website. The staff have already held a cake sale and the pupils had a mufti day on 8th May 2015. Local appeals and support, which are being coordinated by Rushmoor Borough Council, are published on the community page within the "Our School" area of St Michael’s Junior School websitehttp://www.stmichaelscejunior.co.uk.

  • St Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School in Cove had a cake sale on 5th May and collected £353 for the appeal. Three of their Year 5 girls are having a bric-a-brac sale on 18th May in aid of the fund. All monies raised will go to the British Gurkha Welfare Society.

  • On Thursday 30th April, Wellington Community Primary School in Aldershot held a non-school uniform, red, white and blue day to represent the colours of both the Nepal flag and the Union Jack to show unity. There was a fantastic response from the school community and a fantastic £1,265 was raised. The money has been donated to the Disasters Emergency Committee to help those in Nepal and their families. David England, Head Teacher at Wellington Community Primary, said “We have very strong links with EMTAS as 30% of our children have English as an additional language, and are mainly from Nepali backgrounds. Therefore, this cause was very close to the hearts of our community”.

  • On 18th May, EMTAS staff held a food sale at Dame Mary Fagan House where people could donate to the earthquake appeal in exchange for a taste of Nepali cuisine. This raised £326 which will go to the Disasters Emergency Committee.

If you would like to share what your school is doing to support the relief effort, please send details to sarah.c.coles@hants.gov.uk.