A KIND-hearted Kennoway couple’s charity efforts are helping saving lives in rural India.
Linda and Jimmy Roy organised a Highland Games day and the £1500 it raised has been used to build a village well for more than 1000 people, most of whom live in abject poverty and previously had to walk miles to get water from a river.
The fundraising games were held at the Walled Garden Caravan Park on the Kilkerran Estate in Ayrshire, where the Roys have holidayed for many years and made a strong circle of friends among fellow caravanners and campers.
The park supports a charity called El Shaddai Child Rescue, which was set up to provide food, clothing, shelter and education for street children.
However, it now also runs a free food distribution programme in Goa, a hospital for terminally ill children and outreach projects in cities and outlying regions.
This year the Ayrshire site raised a grand total of £3000.
“Most of the cash came from fundraising and social events but the Highland Games was by far the biggest success, which was down to the enthusiasm and hard work of Linda and Jimmy,” said fellow-fundraiser Alistair Wallace.
“They’re a very modest couple but they both deserve recognition for their efforts.”
The village is called Repativalasa and is in the Vizianagaram district of Andhra Pradesh in south eastern India.
The support given by the Walled Garden Park now has pride of place on a plaque made by the villagers in India.
“What a shock it must be to arrive at the village of Repativalasa in deepest India and see this rough plaque saying this wonderful water source was provided by a caravan park in Scotland,” said Alistair.