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Garston grandfather, Kish Poddar, raises £3k for STOP International charity
3:00pm Wednesday 18th September 2013 in News
A Garston grandfather and a band of helpers have just returned from India where they were helping improve the lives of orphans.
Kish Poddar, a teacher at Stanborough Secondary School and the founder of STOP International (Save the Orphans Please), and his fellow trustee, John Cooper, raised £3,000 for the Way of Life Orphanage in Denkanikotta, India, by completing a 261 miles cycle ride from London to Paris in May.
The pair visited the orphanage to hand over the cash, which will pay the orphans’ school feels, and help renovate a Vocational Training Centre where they learn life and employability skills.
Hundreds of feet of water pipes were laid and connected up to a water storage tower, 300 metres of cable were laid in trenches to connect up the newly constructed girl’s dormitory with electricity and the 200-metre fronta wall to the property was whitewashed.
Kish said: "There were many memorable events which will remain in the minds of the volunteers.
"Among them were walking all the orphans to their school in the morning before beginning the day’s work; taking the orphans to a zoo for a day trip and picnic; visiting some of the tourist sites of India such as the Maharajah’s palace in Mysore, the famous Brindhavan gardens and the beautiful city of Pondicherry."
STOP International organises humanitarian trip to India every year.
For further information contact Kish at email@example.com.
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