The charity the students chose, Education Earthquake Nepal, is a Nepalese trust that helps children from disadvantaged backgrounds who have suffered the loss of their schools due to earthquakes to go to school and get an education in safety.
With their goal lined up, the students, who are a part of the College’s Foundation Studies Volunteer Group, planned a variety of activities to help raise the much-needed money. A jumble sale held in the Tresillian hall was full of stalls, which ranged from cakes and drinks to plants that the students had grown themselves.
A raffle was also held to raise money, with prizes including a meal for two at Nepalese restaurant the Yak and Yeti as well as a meal for two at the College’s own training restaurant, Spires.
Their hard work paid off, with the group of eager volunteers raising £300 for the Nepalese charity. The raised funds will be used to buy a laptop and feminine hygiene products for the children living in a hostel. The students will be able to see exactly where their money has gone as two Truro College A Level student, Jess and Sandy, will be making the delivery while out volunteering in Nepal over the summer.
Jess, who starts her A Levels this September, is also taking donated hockey sticks and sports tops to the school to teach the children a sport they have never heard of before. She will also give lessons about periods, a very taboo subject in Nepal and one that has been in the news quite a lot recently.
Sandy, who is in his second year studying A Levels in Computer Science, Physics and Maths, will give IT lessons to the children on the laptop and teach them how to build a website that will help widen interest and support in the Trust.
The couple on returning from their summer volunteering in Nepal, will bring back photos and stories from Nepal to let the Foundation Studies students know exactly where all their hard work has gone.
Karenza Pariyar, Foundation Studies lecturer at Truro College, was very impressed with the students’ hard work, saying: “We were all so thrilled to see so many people at the Jumble Sale and are grateful to everyone who donated items and bought things and enjoyed the day.
“The Volunteering students have worked so hard to support Education Earthquake Nepal and learn about the country and culture; they have tasted traditional Nepalese food and visited Shelterbox to find out how they helped Nepal during the earthquakes. Their kindness and compassion for others less fortunate around the world is always inspiring.”