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Local women helping to raise funds for Nepal


STELLARTON – Nearly one year after returning from Nepal for volunteer trips, two local Nova Scotia Community College employees are hoping to help again.

Cynthia MacDermid and Colleen McInnis are raising funds for the country devastated by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake on April 25, killing more than 7,000 people.

“The Nepalese people are absolutely wonderful. Very, very warm. Our hearts have been breaking for them,” MacDermid, who travelled to Katmandu in May 2014 as part of the Leave for Change program, said.

MacDermid, who is part of the business faculty at the Pictou campus, taught at the Nepal Agricultural Farmers Co-operative Federation Ltd., advising on writing effective business proposals for grants, and teaching business.

Using her vacation time to go, MacDermid wanted an adventure, having never been to a developing country, besides Cuba or the Dominican Republic, before.

McInnis, who is the bookstore co-ordinator at the Pictou campus, assisted with marketing strategies for artists and crafters at co-operatives through Folk Nepal.

Though she’s been to Nepal before, she had never volunteered before.

“The reason I went back, they happened to have an opening that suited my expertise.”

One thing they’ve been asked as relief efforts begin is a suggestion of where to donate. They’ve pointed people towards the Centre for International Study and Co-operation (CECI), one of two NGOs (non-governmental organization) that established Uniterra – a Canadian volunteering organization – and its Leave for Change program.

NSCC is one of the Canadian organizations that participates in Leave for Change, giving employees a chance to take part in short-term volunteer assignments in developing countries.

CECI is preparing a humanitarian response to populations most affected, launching a campaign in Canada to raise funds for essential goods, such as food, water, survival kits, and tents.

MacDermid says she’s willing to speak to any community groups about her trip to Nepal, so long as they donate to the CECI Nepal Emergency Fund. The Pictou County Council of Churches has already contacted her, appointing her as the guest speaker at a special worship service on May 8 at 7 p.m. at the Christ Anglican Church on Bridge Avenue in Stellarton. Donations collected at that service will be sent to Nepal.

“They’re really hard working, good people and it’s really sad that this disaster has happened to them.”

McInnis, who chairs the Fusion Festival, is also planning a fundraiser in conjunction with the festival. The details are still being worked out.

“They were considered one of the poorest countries as it was… I’ve been to most Asian countries, and to me, it was probably, pollution wise, one of the worst,” McInnis said.

They had a booth set up at NSCC, which raised about $700, but are still accepting donations. MacDermid can be contacted at Cynthia.macdermid@nscc.ca or at 902-755-7273.

 

Amanda.jess@ngnews.ca

On Twitter: @NGNewsAmanda

Cynthia MacDermid and Colleen McInnis are raising funds for the country devastated by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake on April 25, killing more than 7,000 people.

“The Nepalese people are absolutely wonderful. Very, very warm. Our hearts have been breaking for them,” MacDermid, who travelled to Katmandu in May 2014 as part of the Leave for Change program, said.

MacDermid, who is part of the business faculty at the Pictou campus, taught at the Nepal Agricultural Farmers Co-operative Federation Ltd., advising on writing effective business proposals for grants, and teaching business.

Using her vacation time to go, MacDermid wanted an adventure, having never been to a developing country, besides Cuba or the Dominican Republic, before.

McInnis, who is the bookstore co-ordinator at the Pictou campus, assisted with marketing strategies for artists and crafters at co-operatives through Folk Nepal.

Though she’s been to Nepal before, she had never volunteered before.

“The reason I went back, they happened to have an opening that suited my expertise.”

One thing they’ve been asked as relief efforts begin is a suggestion of where to donate. They’ve pointed people towards the Centre for International Study and Co-operation (CECI), one of two NGOs (non-governmental organization) that established Uniterra – a Canadian volunteering organization – and its Leave for Change program.

NSCC is one of the Canadian organizations that participates in Leave for Change, giving employees a chance to take part in short-term volunteer assignments in developing countries.

CECI is preparing a humanitarian response to populations most affected, launching a campaign in Canada to raise funds for essential goods, such as food, water, survival kits, and tents.

MacDermid says she’s willing to speak to any community groups about her trip to Nepal, so long as they donate to the CECI Nepal Emergency Fund. The Pictou County Council of Churches has already contacted her, appointing her as the guest speaker at a special worship service on May 8 at 7 p.m. at the Christ Anglican Church on Bridge Avenue in Stellarton. Donations collected at that service will be sent to Nepal.

“They’re really hard working, good people and it’s really sad that this disaster has happened to them.”

McInnis, who chairs the Fusion Festival, is also planning a fundraiser in conjunction with the festival. The details are still being worked out.

“They were considered one of the poorest countries as it was… I’ve been to most Asian countries, and to me, it was probably, pollution wise, one of the worst,” McInnis said.

They had a booth set up at NSCC, which raised about $700, but are still accepting donations. MacDermid can be contacted at Cynthia.macdermid@nscc.ca or at 902-755-7273.

 

Amanda.jess@ngnews.ca

On Twitter: @NGNewsAmanda

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