OFFICIAL RECOGNITION FOR PERTHSHIRE MUM’S CAMPAIGN TO HELP VICTIMS OF NEPAL’S EARTHQUAKE
Anna Gurung’s crusade to aid victims of the Nepal earthquake in May, which began with a sponsored skydive, has culminated with official recognition for her efforts.
Her campaign, under the banner “Bring Back The Smile To Nepal”, has been awarded official charitable status by the Scottish Charity Regulator ( OSCR ).
The acknowledgement comes after months of hard work, tireless effort and a recent solo trip to Nepal, by Anna, to help rebuild homes and lives in the more remote, mountainous regions of Nepal.
“This is fantastic news” said Anna, “with our fundraising on an official footing, we plan to make our efforts a long term campaign that will really make a difference to the people of Nepal.”
Official charitable status means Bring Back The Smile To Nepal can increase it’s fundraising options, as well as qualify for gift aid on all donations.
The new charity will have a committee of four trustees including Anna and her husband Sanu – a native of Nepal.
Anna and Sanu met in Nepal, during Anna’s travels to the country in 1993. They fell in love and were married in 2000. The couple now live in the heart of Highland Perthshire with their three children. They have, however, maintained close ties with Nepal. Indeed their intimate knowledge of the region, as well as their many friends there, meant they felt they were in a unique position to help deliver aid and assistance effectively and quickly, to areas in Nepal that urgently needed it.
“Following the shock on hearing of the devastating earthquake, then the anxiety as we tried to find some news from Nepal about our family, this recognition of our efforts is a real tonic!”
If you would like further information on Anna’s charity, or would like to help, information can be found on www.bringbackthesmiletonepal.org, or just “like” the charity on facebook/Bring-Back-The-Smile-To-Nepal