The Galleries shopping centre in Bristol has unveiled a brand new ‘Tap to Donate’ installation that will help some of the world’s most disadvantaged children.
Shoppers can use contactless payment to donate £3 a time for the Bristol-based charity Pahar Trust Nepal which provides education, health and sanitation facilities for remote communities in Nepal. Since it was founded 30 years ago the charity has delivered 248 projects in 21 districts, building and renovating 159 schools, 51 libraries and 38 other essential projects such as health centres and toilets. Over 40,000 students have benefitted from its work.
The new ‘Tap to Donate’ facility has been installed at the centre’s Merchant Street entrance as part of the charity’s 30th anniversary 30 For 30 campaign which aims to raise £50,000 in 2021 to help 30 schools in Nepal improve their teaching provision and facilities for pre-primary school children aged 1-5 years old. Every tap received this year will go towards the campaign.
PTN Executive Director Alan Sweetman said:” Some of the 30 schools we are supporting with this campaign will require a complete refurbishment of the classroom, whilst others have the basics but are lacking in resources to help the children, such as stationery, toys and educational material. We are very grateful to The Galleries for not just supporting the Appeal but going the extra mile and installing this great new facility which we hope will be well supported.”
David Wait, Galleries Manager, added: “I am delighted we can show our support in this way. Nepal has been particularly hard hit by the Covid-19 pandemic so this money is arguably needed more than ever before as many charitable funds have recently been channelled, quite rightly, into emergency relief. When the country gets back on its feet, education remains critical to help children and young people gain the skills they need to further themselves and put something back into the economy, rather than leaving to find work across the border.”
The Appeal has already exceeded its half way total with more than £32k raised so far. The next big fundraising push will be in September when the charity will be staging a Tiffin Week, encouraging people to enjoy the traditional Nepalese lunch in return for a donation.
To find out more visit www.pahar-trust.org