Pathhead fundraiser for Indian schools

left to right Pat Johnson, Frankie Mackay, Jess Lothian, Beth Falcaner, Brodie Falkaner, Aimy Mackay, Gill Simpson

left to right Pat Johnson, Frankie Mackay, Jess Lothian, Beth Falcaner, Brodie Falkaner, Aimy Mackay, Gill Simpson

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Children will be encouraged to make postcards to send to Indian pupils at a fundraiser to be held in Pathhead for two schools in India.

A ceilidh and family fun day will be held at Pathhead Community Hall next Saturday (October 10) to raise money for the Indian Rural Development Trust.

Mettupalayam school kids

Mettupalayam school kids

The charity supports Nambikkai School and Crakhall School in Mettupalayam, as well as the wider community in Tamil Nadu, south India.

Pat Johnson is one of the fundraiser organisers.

She said: “Action Aid had supported this community but they pulled out of it.

“One of the sponsors had already formed a relationship supporting children in that community, so he decided to independently start his own charity to support that community. He lives in Yorkshire, which is where Hannah Wood came up to Pathhead from, so that’s where it has come from. It’s quite well supported there.

“It was Heather’s idea but it’s a big thing to organise on her own. So there’s three of us organising it now. We are hoping to raise a lot of money. At the end of the day it all depends on who comes through the door and pays the money.

“We are working with Tynewater Primary School. All the pupils have been given a postcard to write a little message to a child at one of the schools in India. We can’t afford picture postcards so we are collecting pictures of the local area and at the fun day the children will be encouraged to cut the pictures out and stick them on the cards.”

Hannah Wood has seen for herself how the money raised will help, she said: “I went to Mettupalayam in 2011 for a couple of weeks. It’s amazing. It’s not just the schools. They train teachers and have community development projects.

“They have initiatives such as buying cows for villagers to be self sufficient and they help pull people out of slavery.”

The family fun day, 11am-5pm, has face painting, hula hooping, Indian dancers, a drumming workshop, storytelling, and a craft table.

A supper will be served from 5pm, with the ceilidh following 6pm-9pm. Each event costs £5, or £8 for both. Children of primary school age with an adult go free.