28 May 2015

Charity raises more than £30,000 for Nepal with MyDonate


Just 24 hours after the first earthquake struck on 25 April, Global Action Nepal (GAN) launched its ‘Rebuild Nepal’ campaign on BT MyDonate.

Within eight days funds had reached over £15,000 contributing to a growing total of £30,000 raised for projects in Nepal in the past few months.

Making a difference

In May a second earthquake hit. In the wake of both disasters, GAN’s fundraising efforts have provided tents, mattresses and quilts for those whose houses have been destroyed in working areas.

Chris Sowton, GAN founder and chair of trustees says: “Looking ahead, the majority of funds will be used for our long-term response in terms of rebuilding schools and other institutions in our working areas.”

Bath local Chris started GAN 20 years ago after he spent eight months teaching in Nepal. Today GAN has a team of 32 people working out there on a range of education and social welfare projects.

Over the years GAN has organised a huge range of fundraising events, from Himalayan treks, to music festivals and parachute jumps.

And in April, GAN saw their largest group of runners tackle the London Marathon raising more than £15,000.

“Whatever we raise can go straight into our work in Nepal”

Chris explains the charity’s decision to use MyDonate for fundraising: “There are no costs which means that whatever we raise can go straight into our work in Nepal.”

He added: “I want to say a massive thank you to everyone who has donated to Nepal on behalf of the thousands of Nepalese people you’ll never meet, but who will benefit hugely from your generosity.”

Make a donation at the Rebuild Nepal fundraising page

Full details about GAN’s response can be found on their “Earthquake Response” blog.

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