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Raises Money for Nepal

  • Raises Money for Nepal

Ararat’s Summer Merrick raises money for village in Nepal

An afternoon of music at Moyston’s old Anglican Church on Sunday will raise money to provide electricity for residents of a remote village in Nepal.

Ararat Primary School student Summer Merrick will travel to Nepal in the school holidays to help her father Adam install a solar system in a community education centre.

Summer, who is in grade five, aims to raise $3000.

She has been raising money through her school to give fellow students an opportunity to contribute to the project.

Incomes in Nepal are among the lowest in the world.

In 2015, a massive earthquake killed nearly 9000 people and injured about 22,000.

As a result, many residents were left homeless and without an income.

Summer hopes to make a difference to a small village north-west of Nepal’s capital Kathmandu.

After travelling by a basic local bus to Gilung, Summer will need to trek into the village and school – about a day’s walk.

Sunday’s ‘music afternoon’ will feature renowned singer-songwriter Steph Bitter.

Bitter, from Bendigo, has a reputation for producing soulful lyrics and haunting melodies. Summer will also perform at the event, along with fellow student Charlotte Harwood.

Tickets cost $15 for adults and $5 for students older than 12. Bookings are essential via gnatsociety@gmail.com or by texting 0458 965 333.

Sunday’s concert follows an art exhibition in the church during the Labor Day long weekend.

Regional artists contributed works relating to the theme ‘Grampians and Himalayas’.

Money raised went towards Summer’s project.

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Story Credit: The Weekly Advertiser