Famous backing for trip

A world-famous star has sent a message of support to the pupils and organisers of Girvan Academy’s trip to Nepal next year.

Actress and television star Joanna Lumley sent her well wishes to Richard Conaghan who is helping to organise and raise funds for the trip.

She said in an e-mail: “Will you send them my very best wishes and congratulations on setting off on such a worthwhile and generous-hearted adventure. They will meet great friendliness and generosity, curiosity and good humour.

“The wretched plight of the children they will be in touch with will break their hearts: but as long as they know that the evil doings in the world can be wiped out by kindness and gentleness and hope, they will have learned a valuable lesson.

“Please say how proud of them I am and that I want to hear of their great journey and endeavours when they get back.”

The renowned campaigner for the Gurkhas, who are native to Nepal also gave advice for the pupils heading out to the country next year.

“If they can, they might say “ Namaste” to people they meet, said with the hands together in front of your chest or chin and a slight bow. It means my soul greets your soul and is a common greeting in India and Nepal. Tell them they may be dancing, as the Nepalese love to dance.

“Girls can hug anyone ( not men) but boys should simply bow the head in greeting or maybe shake hands, but not with women.

“Best manners and fab behaviour and lots of smiles always work best.”

If you wish to see Joanna Lumley’s full letter as well as news on the group’s fundraising efforts visit http:://www.carrickanglingclub.co.uk/2013communitypages/NEPALSTUFF/index.html

Richard also told the Gazette about the gifts he has already managed to secure for the Christmas Hamper which will be drawn at Girvan’s street party.

The winner will take all the prizes and can share them out as Christmas gifts.

Businesses which have donated so far are as follows:

Skin Deep - Hot Stone Massage, The Sweetie Shop - Shortbread, Jam and Fudge,Mark McFarlands Butchers - £50 voucher, Envy - voucher for a Cut and Blow Dry, Co-Op - Bottle of Whiskey, Body Matters - 8 gym vouchers to the value of £40, The Toy Castle - £20 voucher and Glenapp Castle - Bottle of Wine.

Richard also confirmed the following individuals and businesses will be donating gifts to the hamper but they haven’t been collected yet:

Jai McDowall - tickets for his concert at Ayr Town Hall on the 20th December, Fiofin - £30 voucher, Malys - Breakfast voucher,Purdys - voucher to be used in either the fruit/veg shop or the florists,Simpsons Bakers - probably a £20 voucher, Wildings - voucher.

And the group are also waiting on hearing back from big companies such as Turnberry, Boots and A.D Rattray as well as South Ayrshire Council to see if they will donate to the hamper.

If you wish to donate a gift to the hamper, then please get in touch with Richard at ritchieconaghan@btinternet.com.