A Wearside woman is preparing to travel thousands of miles to help children whose lives have been devastated by a natural disaster – and she needs your help.
Joanne Youngson will next month journey to Nepal, which was hugely affected by two earthquakes in April and May.
Almost 10,000 people are thought to have died, while more than 25,000 classrooms in some 8,000 schools were destroyed.
Joanne, 38, who co-ordinator at charity SID (Social Inclusion and Dyslexia), recently contacted one community in the country after its school was destroyed in the incident.
She now hopes to raise the necessary £5,000 towards helping rebuild the site.
Divine intervention has come from St Mary’s RC Church, in Bridge Street, Sunderland city centre, run by Fr Marc-Lyden Smith, which has put on a quiz night to help boost the total.
The whole community of Sunderland are supporting me and especially the parish of St Mary’s, who have helped to raise £1,000 already.Joanne Youngson
Joanne has also done a car boot sale alongside her family.
“I travel out to meet with the community on August 10,” said Joanne, of Whitburn.
“All of my flights and accommodation are paid for, so 100 per cent of the money we raise will be used on materials to build the school.
“The community is providing the labour.
“We’re sitting at £2,500 right now, but we need to get to £5,000 to cover the costs of those materials.
“The whole community of Sunderland is supporting me and especially the parish of St Mary’s, which has helped to raise £1,000 already.
“Children at St Mary’s School have given me pencils to take over for the children.”
Also travelling over to Nepal is Joanne’s partner Andrew Burlison, who is taking a party of children from St Aidan’s School, in Ashbrooke, to find out how the country and its people are recovering from the disasters.
To donate towards Joanne’s fund-raising, go to www.gofundme.com/w2avqbc?pc=fb_cr_h.
For further details about SID, visit sidproject.org/sunderland.