THE FIRST GURKHA WALK WAS HELD AT EASTWELL PARK, ASHFORD IN COMMEMORATION OF THE THIRTEEN GURKHA V.C.s.
The trustees of the Gurkha Peace Foundation would like to thank everyone who contributed to the success of this event. Altogether we raised over £7,000 which is our best ever fund raising event. A great deal of work was undertaken in preparing for the day including planning the course, registering applications, persuading sponsors to contribute, and preparing food and musical entertainment and of course walking the course itself. First aid was conscientiously provided with back up on the course with marshals and an ambulance on standby.
The walkers included soldiers and young girls to both men and women some of whom were nearly eighty. It was a great community event and already there are many who were not able to participate this year expressing the hope to take part next year.
We are building our resources up so that we can be supportive of the most frail and needy both here and in Nepal. We have identified ten projects in Nepal for which we plan to make a positive contribution. Three of those projects are for handicapped children including the Blind School, a project that employs deaf children and the girls with no arms who use their mouth and feet to write with. We wish to enable sponsors to be able to monitor our progress and see where their money is spent by Skype link.
The Gurkha Peace Foundation is a fast growing charity which aims to be open and transparent and work to bring our communities together here and to strengthen still further the bond of friendship between our two countries by supporting humanitarian projects. I hope that all of us who contribute to our cause can be proud of our growing achievements.