The sight of Nepal’s earthquake victims prompted a group of overseas students in Kirkcaldy to start their own fundraising efforts.
One of the English for Speakers of Other Languages classes which meets weekly at Kirkcaldy Town House, includes a student from Nepal who returned home on holiday just days before the disaster struck the country.
And when the students met last week, they raised the subject and decided to hold a collection of their own to help those affected.
And they have raised £275 for the Red Cross appeal for Nepal through a collection.
Aleksandra Witkowska, teacher of the intermediate-level ESOL class said the students immediately wanted to help.
“Many of the overseas students who come to our classes have experienced loss and isolation similar to the people of Nepal, so as soon as this happened they wanted to do their bit. They immediately thought of their classmate, who, we have heard is safe, although his family home was destroyed, and he is living in a tent outside Kathmandu.
“We decided to hold a collection and, although most students don’t have a lot of money, they all donated.
“It then snowballed and staff in the front office at the Council and the Registrar and customer service department added to it.”
Ancouta Cirpaci (23), originally from Romania, said: “We wanted to help in some way, and this was the easy way for us to do so. Our teacher came up with the idea, and we all approved it.”
Kate Kuritcima (24), from Russia, added: “We are all foreign here and some of our classmates have come from Nepal or India and we wanted to support them.”
Meanwhile another of Kirkcaldy’s restaurants, the Annapurna Ghurka at the east end of the High Street has organised a fundraiser.
Working alongside the Glasgow and Edinburgh Nepalese Associations, the restaurant is dedicating the afternoon of May 17 from 1.00-10.00 p.m. to fundraising.
Diners will pay £20 for a three-course meal, with 100 per cent of the cost going to the appeal.
Gobinda Kharel (47), owner, said: “Myself and many of my staff are from Nepal and, while I have been away for almost 20 years, we all have family members affected by this disaster and wanted to help.”
To book call (01592) 269460.
Rallying round to help
There are many fundraising events taking place to help the earthquake victims.
This Sunday the Annapurna Thai and Chinese Restaurant will hold a buffet evening from 5-10.00 p.m. with all proceeds going to the cause.
Kirkcaldy and District Lions Club is donating money from its race night tomorrow (Friday) in the Victoria Hotel to the Nepalese Earthquake Disaster Fund.
And Elizabeth Adams, former Maggie’s Centre fundraiser and owner of Falkland gift shop Fayre Earth has been fundraising by giving mini prayer flags in return for a donation.